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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 7/31/2003
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: France

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: FKO
Owner: Comex S.A.
Operator: Comex S.A.
Contact: Nicolas VINCENT
Address: 36, Boulevard des Océans
13275 Marseille cedex 09
Telephone: + 33 4 91297500
Fax: + 33 4 91297507
Year Built: 2001
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 30  m
  Breadth: 10  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 3.5  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography any underwater investigation or recovery
  Operating Area: Med sea, red sea, Spanish, Portugal and French Atlantic coast but she’s also easily transportable by cargo
  Navy Grids Supported: NA7, NA8, IN1

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 225  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 50  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 0  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 6  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
11  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 0.4  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 60  m2
  Space for container lab: 1X container10’ & 1 X container 20’  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: None  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 5000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: 12  kts.
  Endurance: 20  days

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  Officers: 3
  Other crew: 3
  Scientists: 10
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Full Windows 2000 Network
  Printing/Plotting: 1 printer A4 + 1 printer A1

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  CTD Type: Unknown
  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: Unknown
  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: Can support REMORA 2000, a twin-seat submarine (610 m) and the “Super Achille” ROV 1000 m
  ROVs: Super Achille ROV 1000 m
  AUVs: Customer unit
  Submersibles: REMORA 2000 and/or MaxRover

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Therapeutic chamber + scuba diving + surface demand (option with a special tender)

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: ALSTOM ADP11
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  BAUDOIN
Power (BHP) each engine:  550
Propeller Diameter:  2   m Max. RPM:   1800
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 2 x 400V
     kVA: 2 x 170
    Phases: 3


50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs    Hz



  24   Volts with  24  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: ADP 11 ALSTOM dynamic positioning system; GP80 Foruno navigation DGPS; 2 radars: 1 ARPA Foruno FR2115 and 1 Foruno M1832; SIMRAD EQ 40 dual station navigation sounder
  Communications Equipment: GMDSS radio unit; GSM receiver (phone, fax and data); several fixed and mobile VHF units
  Satellite Communications Equipment: mini-M Inmrasat satellite communication unit (phone, fax and data)
  GPS: 1 Trimble AG132 with Omnistar licence + RTK GPS IN OPTION

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Unknown
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Full TRITON ELICS HYDRO SUITE SYSTEM for acquisition and replay data
  Side Scanning: KLEIN 20000
  Multibeam: RESON 8101 multi-beam echo-sounder
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 2  
    Steel Wire Length: 500  m,  safe working load:  3  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  1800  m , 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: Starboard

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  3  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  3  tons

  Other:   7T hydraulic A-frame classified for manned ops

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: HG DELAUZE (Chariman of the COMEX group)
  Classification Society: Bureau veritas
  Others, Specify: French flag
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