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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Southern Surveyor

Last Updated - 3/6/2013
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: Australia

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: VLHJ
Operator: CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research
Contact: Mr Ron Plaschke
Address: CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research
GPO Box 1538
Hobart, Tasmania 7001 Australia
Telephone: +61 6232 5205
Fax: +61 6232 5000
Year Built: 1972
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 66.1  m
  Breadth: 12.3  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2.5  m
  Max. draft: 6.2  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Blue-water Multipurpose Marine research
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 1594  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 300  m3
  Fuel: 240  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 90  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 100  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 40  m2
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 5500  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: Unknown
  Endurance: 26  days

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  Officers: 6
  Other crew: 11
  Scientists: 15
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Sun microsystems; assorted IBM compatible PC's 286, 386, 4876, and laptops
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  CTD Type: Unknown
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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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:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  2600 at 750rpm
Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   213
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 0/415V 0/240V
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: 3/3


50/50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  24V   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar Decca SatNav Gyro DopLog
  Communications Equipment: Fax SatCom
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: Unknown

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 38kHz 120kHz
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Silent Ship

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  Winches: Unknown  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  3000  m , safe working load:  2  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  2700  m , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  9  m , and outboard extension:  4  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: Midships

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: Lloyds
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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