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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 4/22/2005
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: Bulgaria

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: LZDA
Owner: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Operator: Institute of Oceanology
Contact: Delcho Solakov
Address: Institute of Oceanology
P.O. Box 152, 40 First May Street
9000 Varna, Bulgaria
Telephone: +359 52 370 484
Fax: +359 52 370 483
Year Built: 1979
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 55.5  m
  Breadth: 9.8  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2.4  m
  Max. draft: 4.8  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Multi-purpose (Hydrophysics, Hydrochemistry, Hydrobiology, Geology, Underwater Archaeology)
  Operating Area: World wise, Area non limited
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 1225  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 200  m3
  Fuel: 180  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 15  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 109  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
99  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 5  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 30  m2
  Space for container lab: One container 20 ft  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 7500  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 9.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 11  kts.
  Endurance: 35  days

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  Officers: 8
  Other crew: 20
  Scientists: 22
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: PC LAN
  Printing/Plotting: Printer LAZER Jet

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Sea Bird SBE 911 plus
  CTD Tow able: No
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Yes
  CTD Transmissivity: No
  CTD Fluormeter: Yes
  CTD Rosette: CTD Rosette system Sea Bird

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Grab samplers, Gravity Corers
  Grab Sampler: 2 Grab Samplers
  Box Corer: No
  Gravity Corer: Yes
  Piston Corer: No
  Multi Corer: No

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Yes
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: PC-8B-5,5 t max depth 250m

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Yes

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  SKL, type 8 Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  1000
Propeller Diameter:  1.9   m Max. RPM:   375
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 380
     kVA: 500/500
    Phases: 3


50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  24   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Sperry Gyrocompass with repeaters and recorder, Racal Decca – Marine Navigational Radar with ARPA, Racal Decca – Marine Digital Radar Type 970 BT, AUTOPILOT “AYST”
  Communications Equipment: Main transmitter Challenger from Marconi International Marine
  Satellite Communications Equipment: GMDSS
  GPS: GPS, “Racal Decca” MNS 2000, GPS “RAYTEON” RC 320

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: SIMRAD-ED161 with repeater and SIMRAD EA200
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Model Klein 530
  Multibeam: none
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: none
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  2000  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: 2 (two) cranes Model HIAB360 and HIAB110

Clearance above deck:  4  m  and outboard extension:  11  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  2.7  tons

  Other:   No

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: BRS (Bulgarian Register of Shipping)
  Classification Society: BRS (Bulgarian Register of Shipping)
  Others, Specify: Jane's Survey Vessels UK
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