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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 6/25/2003
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: Belgium

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: ORBB
Owner: Fleet Division, Ministry of Flanders
Operator: Flanders Marine Institute
Contact: Andre Cattrijsse
Address: Vismijn, Pakhuizen 45-52
8400 Oostende - Belgium
Telephone: 00-32-59-34 21 39
Fax: 00-32-59-34 21 31
Year Built: 1977
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 56.6  m
  Breadth: 9  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 3  m
  Max. draft: 3.65  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Multifunctional research vessel
  Operating Area: Belgian coastal waters and the Westerschelde estuary
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: Unknown
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 40  m3
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
50  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Reverse Osmosis System (Millipore RiOs5) and ultra pure water (Millipore Milli-Q Gradient)
  Free Working Deck Area: 90  m2
  Space for container lab: Standard 20 ft container  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Clean Lab Container (20-foot) can be taken onboard  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 2000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 14.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: Unknown
  Endurance: 14  days

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  Officers: Unknown
  Other crew: 10
  Scientists: 25
  Air Conditioned:  No

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Computer network registers the navigation data, and the meteorological and physico-chemical data during sailing.
  Printing/Plotting: standard pc printer

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Seabird SBE-19 and SBE-19plus both equipped with OBS-3 (D&A instr)
  CTD Tow able: No
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Yes
  Grab Sampler: Van Veen
  Box Corer: Reineck boxcorer
  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:  2   make:  ABC 6MDXC - 750 - 080 A
Power (BHP) each engine:  810
Propeller Diameter:  2.2   m Max. RPM:   302
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: Unknown
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: Unknown



Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar: M252+C252 ; Positioning system: Leica DGPS Mx 421B (Back-up Mx400); Electronic navigation: Navi Sailor; Gyro: Raytheon 61500; Navtex: NCR-300A (JCR)
  Communications Equipment: VHF: RT144C+RT145+RT2048+RT2047 ; Intercom: MASTERCOM-MBLE
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Satcom C (Sait TT3606 E)
  GPS: Leica MX 412 - Leica MX 400

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Marimatech SeaSound 206C (200 & 33 kHz)
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 300  m,  safe working load:  1  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  200  m , safe working load:  2.5  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Larboard

Clearance above deck:  2.5  m , and outboard extension:  2.5  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1  tons

  Crane: Position: Unknown

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: None
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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