Construction of the research vessel
The ship is designed by Skipsteknisk AS in Norway and is being built by Armon Shipyards in Vigo, Spain.
The ship is built to cause minimal underwater noise radiated into the water, great environmental concern and offer a good work environment for the researchers aboard. Owner is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) which, together with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), will perform environmental monitoring on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) in e.g. the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The modern and flexible ship will also be used for different national and international research projects. The vessel will have capacity for basically any type of marine research.
- Length: 69,5 metres
- Width: 15,8 metres
- Depth: 5,4 metres
- Speed: 12 knots
- Cabins: 28 single cabins
SLU’s research vessel will be fully equipped for fishery and oceanographic surveys
- Modern trawls and trawl doors with sensors, for bottom and midwater trawling
- Extremely silent and mechanically shielded engines, to avoid scaring the fish that is to be investigated, and to avoid influencing noise sensitive equipment and sonars.
- Equipment with winches, probes and instruments for investigating plankton and fish larvae, sediment sampling, and hydrography.
- Two drop keels with advanced sonars to locate fish and plankton.
- Current meters (ADCP) that continuously measures currents and their direction from surface to bottom, water inlet with a “ferrybox” that continuously measures parameters like temperature and salinity. An advanced weather station for continuous storage of environmental data.
- Specially designed laboratories for handling fish, water analysis and data management.
- The ship is prepared for using additional equipment like e.g. ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicles) and mobile containers for specialty laboratories.