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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 8/15/2001
Main Activities
Capacities & Workspaces
Range, Speed, Endurance
DP Equipment
CTD Specs
Coring Specs
Underwater Vehicles
Diving Capabilities
Engineering Design
Navigation & Communications
Acoustics & Profiling
Winches, Gantries & Cranes
Country: New Zealand

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: ZMFR
Owner: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA) - NIWA Vessel Management Limited
Operator: NIWA Vessel Management Limited
Contact: Mr Clive Glover, General Manager
Address: 301 Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point
P O Box 14 901, Kilbirnie
Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: + 64 4 386 0300
Fax: + 64 4 386 0555
Year Built: 1991
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 70  m
  Breadth: 13.8  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1  m
  Max. draft: 7.2  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Marine Science
  Operating Area: Mainly within South Pacific, New Zealand Continental Shelf and Antarctic Region
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 2282  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 485  m3
  Fuel: 681  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 120  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 240  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
82  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 10  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: filtered
  Free Working Deck Area: 200  m2
  Space for container lab: yes  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: yes  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 18000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 16  kts.
  Endurance: 60  days

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  Officers: 5
  Other crew: 8
  Scientists: 25
  Air Conditioned:  No

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Datacom, Unix-Dos Network
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Seabird 911plus system is mobilised as required
  CTD Type: Seabird 911plus
  CTD Tow able: no
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: yes
  CTD Transmissivity: yes
  CTD Fluormeter: yes
  CTD Rosette: yes

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Rock dredges, grab samplers and bottom corers mobilised as required
  Grab Sampler: yes
  Box Corer: yes
  Gravity Corer: yes
  Piston Corer: yes
  Multi Corer: yes

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:

Ice strengthened hull (DNV Ice 1C)

Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  Wartsila Vasa 8R 32D
Power (BHP) each engine:  4000 at 750rpm
Propeller Diameter:  4.6   m Max. RPM:   130
Total power auxiliary diesels:  1600   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 0/440V /240V
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: 3/1


60/60  Hz

Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  24V   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radars, SatNav, Gyro, Autopilot, Video plotter, DopLog, echo sounders
  Communications Equipment: Cell phone/fax (64 25 427 510), Satcom, Radio,
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Satcom system B (voice - 008 72 3 512 01127, fax- 008 72 3 512 01128, data- 008 72 3 512 01129, HSD- 008 72 3 512 01788, email - Satcom system C (email -
  GPS: Magnavox 4200, Furuno GP 500, Ashtech 3DF ADU,

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Simard EK 500 (12, 27, 38, 120 kHz), Simrad EA 500 (12, 120 kHz), Kaijo Denki KMC 2000 (12kHz)
  Sonar Type: sub bottom profiler ORE model 140 (3.5kHz).
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Klein dual frequency towed system (mobilised as required)
  Multibeam: Simrad EM300 (30kHz) with velocity profiler & TSS POS/MV motion sensor
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RDI Broad Band acoustic profiler (150 kHz)
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 10  
    Steel Wire Length: 2500  m,  safe working load:  12  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  1200  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  4000  m , safe working load:  12  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Stern, Midships A frame

Clearance above deck:  6  m , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  5  tons

  Crane: Position: 3 Seacrans - Stern, Midships

Clearance above deck:  7  m  and outboard extension:  7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1  tons

  Other:   CTD winch 2000-3000m

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: DNV
  Others, Specify: Lloyds Safe Ship Management system
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