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Vessel and Contact Information

Belgica (Belgium)

Call Sign:ORGQ
US NODC Code: 11BE
Owner: Ministry of Science Policy
Operator: Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Model
Contact: Ing. André Pollentier
3e en 23e Linieregimentsplein
8400 Oostende Belgium
Telephone No.: + 32 (0)59 70.01.31
Telefax No.: + 32 (0)59 70.49.35
Year built: 1984

Main vessel activity

Oceanography, Fisheries, Geology, Hydrography
Ocean area where vessel operates: North Sea, English Channel, Gulf of Biscay, Irish Sea

Main dimensions

Length OA: 50.90m
Breadth: 10.00m
Freeboard to working deck: 1.2m
Max. draft: 4.60m

Capacities and working spaces

Gross tonnage: 765GRT
Dry cargo holds: 12m3
Fuel: 165m3
Fresh water: 98m3
Wet laboratories (total area): 96m2
Dry laboratories (total area): 91m2
Fresh water generator capacity: 0m3
Free working deck area: 140m2
Space for container laboratory: 2 containers (6m x 3m)

Range, speed and endurance

Range: 5000 n. mi.
Cruising speed: 12.0kts.
Max. speed: 13.5kts.
Endurance: 20days


Officers: 3
Other crew: 12
Scientists: 16
Airconditioned: yes

Design Particulars

Hull materials:


Energy sources

Main engine(s): number: 1 make: Diesel model: ABC 6D
Power main engine: 1568 HP at 900rpm
Diameter and max. rpm propeller: 1.950m , 360rpm
Total power auxiliary diesels: 900 HP
Electrical systems
AC Voltage: 220/ 220V, total 550 kVA, 3 phase, 60 Hz
DC Voltage: 24V
Stabilized system for scientific equipment : 220VAC , 90AMP , 50Hz

Fixed equipment

Navigation and communication

Pos. equip: Sercel NR103 and Magnavox MX200 DGPS
Radar : Racal Decca Bridgemaster (2)
Nav. equip: Racal Decca Fishmaster 2, Anshutz Gyro, Raytheon DopLog
Comms : Fax, SatCom , Mobilophone, GSM
Comm sat : 1546277
Comm Mobilophone : + 32 (0) 17 69. 98.50
Comm GSM : + 32 (0)75 44.27.37
Comm E-mail :


Echosounders for scientific research: DESO-22 (30kHz, 210kHz), Furuno (28kHz, 88 kHz)
Provisions for silent ship operation: auxiliary diesels / electric


Oceanographic winches: number: 2
Steel wire length: 1800m, safe working load: 1tons
Conducting cable length: 1500m, safe working load: 1tons
Winch for bottom sampling, wire length: 1000m, safe working load: 8tons
Position: Stern
Clearance above deck: 6m and outboard extension: 3m
Safe working load at max. reach: 16tons
Fishnet winch
Capacity: 7 m3.
Safe working load: diameter 0.47 m : 14.8 tons at 25.9 m/s
Position: Midships
Clearance above deck: 6m and outboard extension: 9m
Safe working load at max. reach: 2tons

Electronic data processing equipment permanently available on board

Computersystem :
HP1000/A400 real-time minicomputer:
Real-time acquisition and storage of navigational, meteorological and oceanographic data.
HP9000/748i industrial workstation:
Data processing and storage in an Informix relational database.
PC's (Windows 3.11) in the computerroom, in the laboratories and on the bridge connected to the ethernet LAN network:
Real-time and off-line listings, graphplots and trackplots.

Vessel construction and maintenance supervision

Construction supervised by:

Classification Society: GERMANISCHER LLOYD
Others, specify:

Published vessel data

Brochure Belgica 10 jaar - 10 ans.
Brochure ODASII data acquisition system.

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