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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 1/9/2004
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: FNCM
Owner: Institut franšais de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)
Operator: Genavir
Contact: Jean Xavier Castrec
Address: Institut Franšais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer
155, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
92138 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex France
Telephone: (33) 01 46 48 21 00
Fax: (33) 01 46 48 21 21
Year Built: 1989
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 84.6  m
  Breadth: 15.85  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 3  m
  Max. draft: 5.05  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Marine geosciences, physical oceanography and marine biology
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 3559  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 410  m3
  Fuel: 580  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 30  m2
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
261  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 130  m2
  Space for container lab: Space for ten 20ft. Containers  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: Unknown
  Cruising Speed: 11  kts.
  Max. Speed: 15.3  kts.
  Endurance: Unknown

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  Officers: 9
  Other crew: 21
  Scientists: 29
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Multimedia Network; Real time acquisition; Processing hardware and software
  Printing/Plotting: 3 Plotter AO Color

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Lateral A-Frame and winch
  CTD Type: SBE 19
  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: Lateral A-Frame and winch
  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: capable of operating both a manned submersible such as the NAUTILE and another deep towed or autonomous vehicle on the same cruise
  ROVs: Victor 6000
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Nautile

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: CAPS ALLCATEL
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  3   make:  diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  1570 cv
Propeller Diameter:  3.3   m Max. RPM:   150
Total power auxiliary diesels:  815   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 380
     kVA: 4125
    Phases: 3


50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Integrated navigation computer-SINNA; 2 gyrocompass OCTANS-IXSEA OCEANO; automatic pilot NP2010 Anshutz; Radar ATLAS 5600, 8600; Loch Doppler THOMSON; Electromagnetic log ALMA; Navigation Sounder Shipper EDI61
  Communications Equipment: SatComRadio station SMDSM Sailor
  Satellite Communications Equipment: 2 Inmarsat Standard C Thrane & Thrane); 2 INMARSAT standard B ABB Nera; Itineris 8 w and 2 w
  GPS: 2 CIS Aquarium Aphtech

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Multibeam echosounder dual EM12 Simrad; Bathymetric echosounder 200 kHz - Furuno; Multibeam echosounder EM1000 Simrad
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Multibeam echosounder dual EM12 Simrad
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 4  
    Steel Wire Length: 8000  m,  safe working load:  15  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  8000  m , safe working load:  33  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  8000  m , safe working load:  42  tons
  Gantry: Position: Port Stern of main deck

Clearance above deck:  6.3  m , and outboard extension:  7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  22  tons

  Crane: Position: Portside/ deck C

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  15.35  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  3.4  tons

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: BUREAU VERITAS
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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