IRVSI Header Logo

Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Le Suroit

Last Updated - 3/2/2004
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: France

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: FZVN
Owner: Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)
Operator: Genavir
Contact: Jean Xavier Castrec
Address: French Research Institute pour l'exploitation de la mer
155, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
92138 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex France
Telephone: (33) 146482100
Fax: (33) 146482121
Year Built: 1975
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


Back to Top

Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 56.34  m
  Breadth: 11  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2.3  m
  Max. draft: 4.1  m

Back to Top

Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Multipurpose Research Vessel
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

Back to Top

Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 943  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 130  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 16  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 16  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
30  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 150  m2
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

Back to Top

Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: Unknown
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: Unknown
  Endurance: Unknown

Back to Top


  Officers: 7
  Other crew: 15
  Scientists: 14
  Air Conditioned:  No

Back to Top

Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Multimedia network; Real time acquisition, display and archiving system; Processing hardware (workstations, PCs) and their software (CARAIBES, TRINAV, …)
  Printing/Plotting: Printer A4 color HP 4500; Ploter A0 HP 2500- A0 HP 1055

Back to Top

CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  CTD Type: SBE 19
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

Back to Top

Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: A lateral A-Frame SWL 8T; winch with KEVLAR cable 8000m
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

Back to Top

Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Able to operate deep underwater vehicles and manned submersibles such as the CYANA
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Cyana

Back to Top

Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

Back to Top

Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  BSHR MGO V12
Power (BHP) each engine:  600
Propeller Diameter:  2.5   m Max. RPM:   250
Total power auxiliary diesels:  210   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 380
     kVA: 625
    Phases: 3


50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

Back to Top

Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: CINNA Nav Computer, MarineStar MK 3 - RACAL; 2 radars 2 gyrocompass - SGB 1000S - BROWN ; Electromagnetic log - Galatée MK3 - BEN; Navigation sounder - Skipper ED161 SIMRAD; Automatic pilot - NP2010 ANSCHUTZ; Meteofax receiver FX-220-JMC
  Communications Equipment: Fax; SMDSM SAILOR station; 1 transmitter receiver RT 4800 E/R VHF - SAILOR; ITINERIS 8W Radio Telephone
  Satellite Communications Equipment: 2 INMARSAT Standard B NERA SATURN Bm
  GPS: 2 Differential GPS - NR203 and NR 103- dassault Sercel

Back to Top

Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Simrad EA 500 12 KHZ
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: EM 300 Simrad (30KHZ) EM 1000 Simrad (95 KHZ)
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RDI 150 KHZ
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

Back to Top


  Winches: 2  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  6000  m , safe working load:  2.1  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  8000  m , safe working load:  8  tons
  Gantry: Position: Stern part of main deck rotating A-frame

Clearance above deck:  6.6  m , and outboard extension:  4.8  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  10  tons

  Crane: Position: Portside (C26)

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  17.94  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1.2  tons

  Other:   Unknown

Back to Top

Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: BUREAU VERITAS
  Others, Specify: Unknown
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225