Vessel Profile

Home port:
Vigo (Spain)
Home port Coordinates:
Latitude: N 42°13'58.15" Longitude: W 8°43'21.5"
Organisation & Address:
Normal Area of Operation:

North Atlantic on a case by case basis depending on annual operational plan. 

Max No of EF+ Days:
Vessel details:




Gross Tonnage

Ice class


Service speed

Max No. Scientific


No. of EF+ Scientific Berths





Polar Code 2018 (C class)





Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):

Main laboratory, Wet Lab / Hangar, Analysis laboratory, chemical laboratory, Thermoregulated laboratory and

Dissection laboratory

Scientific Board Facilities

2 Keels retractable up to 4 m deep, Acoustic gondola 9 x 9 m in bow & Fishing park of 71 m2

Laboratory containers:

Container for incubations – ISO 20 feet

2 X Clean laboratory container – ISO 20 feet

Laboratory container – ISO 20 feet

Laboratory container for work with radioisotopes – ISO 20 feet

CTD/Plankton sampling:

2 x CTD SeaBird SBE911 plus

-CTD Sea-Bird SBE 25


Chelsea Technologies Group SeaSoar

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

-Atlas Hydrosweep DS-3 1º x 1º multibeam deep-water echosounder

-Atlas FS-20-100 Fansweep Shallow water multibeam echosounder
-Parasound P-35 parametric echosounder

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

Kongsberg EK 60 hydrographic echo sounder with 5 frequencies of 18, 38, 70, 120 and 200 KHz


HIPAP 452 Hight precision Acustic positioning System

Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

-OSU (Oregon State University) Piston sediment core

Instrument used to collect sediment columns.

-Rock dredge

-Gravity core

-KC Denmark Multisampler Multicorer 6 x ø100 x 600 mm


Stern & Starboard folding gantry, Telescopic CTD  gantry, Retractable keels (2)

Plankton winch: traction cable of 6,000 m and 6 mm in diameter, CTD winch :coaxial cable of 8000 m and 11 mm diameter. Electronic nets winch:coaxial cable  of 7000 m and 14 mm in diameter.

Corer winch :traction cable of 8,000 m cable and 16 mm diameter.

Net drum winch: for a 15 m3 net, pelagic nets capacity: 2 x 250 m 2x Mobile multipurpose winches: for 8000 m


C Band

512 Kbps up/512 down

Special features:

Silent vessel (ICES 209), Facilities for large ROV and Sub deployments

Suitable for:

Multipurpose silent research vessel.  Suitable for carrying out a wide variety of scientific survey operations in offshore and deep-sea locations.  The vessel is adapted to accommodate a variety of Remotely Operated Vehicles.  Vessel capable of pelagic  and demersal trawling  to 2200m, Fisheries acoustic surveys, Hydrographic survey, Oceanographic surveys, Mooring deployments, Seismic surveys, ROV Surveys, Benthic surveys 

Scientific Limitations:

Limited to 3000m streamer for seismic.

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

Yes, capable, Dynamic positioning, USBL, Crane and A-Frame for Launch and recovery.

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

All vessel equipment will be made available to Eurofleets+ Users on request but some large equipment may incur additional cost.  Please contact vessel operators to discuss.    Technical support on vessel equipment will be available during the entire survey.

Vessel availability by location and by year/time of year for Eurofleets+:



Availability by Month

Ports of operation in the period of availability


North Atlantic

2, weeks, March 2020



North Atlantic

July – October 2020

VIGO, Las Palmas


Not scheduled yet


Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV Sarmiento de Gamboa at e-mail address:  info@utm.csic.es CC: direccion.utm@csic.es

Medical certification required for joining the vessel and the list of acceptable certificates.

A medical questionnaire provided by UTM should be filled and required for joining.

Any medical certification will be accepted but not mandatory.

Note please contact info@utm.csic.es  for any queries regarding further information on certification 

Are additional medical checks required


Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

No certification in survival training is required but SCTW Personal Survival Techniques training will be welcome.

Additional certification required e.g. Ship security awareness / other


Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

Yes, for operation in neighbouring EEZ’s.  Required to be submitted to info@utm.csic.es 6 months prior to cruise

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

  • Additional clearances for operations in Spanish Special areas of Conservation if applicable
  • Seismic operations require additional permits   

Other requirements for other jurisdictions to be addressed via Diplomatic clearance process

Spanish Research Council (CSIC), 70,5 m long, delivered in 2006. Operates >300 days per annum.

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