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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: FKSS
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: 1987
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 30  m
  Breadth: 7  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 2.5  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography
  Operating Area: Med sea, red sea but she’s also easily transportable by cargo (Chinese sea in 1996 and Indonesia in 2002)
  Navy Grids Supported: NA7, NA8, IN1

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 165.95  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 23  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 0  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 0  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
3  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 4  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: None  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: None  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 3500  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 7  kts.
  Max. Speed: 10  kts.
  Endurance: 10  days

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  Officers: 2
  Other crew: 2
  Scientists: 5
  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: No
  CTD Type: n/a
  CTD Tow able: no
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: no
  CTD Transmissivity: no
  CTD Fluormeter: no
  CTD Rosette: no

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: No
  Grab Sampler: No
  Box Corer: No
  Gravity Corer: No
  Piston Corer: No
  Multi Corer: No

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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 AUV
  Submersibles: REMORA 2000

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Therapeutic chamber + scuba diving + surface demand in option

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: DP THOMSON
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  MAN diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  400
Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   1800
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 2 x 380V
     kVA: 2 x 70kVA
    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: 1 full dp system THOMSON CSF; 2 DOPPLER sonars; 1 sg brown 1000 Gyrocompass; ROBERTSON AP9MKII automatic pilot; 1 ARPA radar 21” FURUNO FR 2110
  Communications Equipment: 1 GMDSS VHF radio; 1 AVON SAILORERT 20 duplex VHF radio; portable VHF transceivers; Phone; Fax; GSM data; 1 Polaris NC 7100 radiogoniometre
  Satellite Communications Equipment: 1 SATCOM INMARSAT standard “mini-M” phone, fax, e-mail, by satellite
  GPS: 1 Trimble AG132 with Omnistar licence + 1 Thales NR203

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 1 KODEN CVS 8805 equipped with 2 transducers (28 KHz and 200 KHz); 1 color FURUNO FCV 581; ! FURUNO FCV 582
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Full TRITON ELICS HYDRO SUITE SYSTEM for acquisition and replay datat
  Side Scanning: KLEIN 595
  Multibeam: RESON 8101 (option only)
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: none
  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:  13000  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:  2  m  and outboard extension:  2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1  tons

  Other:   5T hydraulic A-frame classified for manned operations

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: HG DELAUZE (Chairman of the COMEX group)
  Classification Society: Bureau veritas
  Others, Specify: French flag
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University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
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Phone:  (302) 645-4225