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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Lough Foyle

Last Updated - 3/11/2004
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: UK

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: GYAR
Owner: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI)
Operator: DARDNI AE&FSD Aquatic Systems Branch
Contact: Willie Mc Curdy
Address: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI)
Agriculture Environmental and Food Science Division, Aquatic Systems Branch, Newforge Lane,
Belfast, BT9 5PX, Northern Ireland, U.K.
Telephone: + 44 (0)28 90 25 55 13
Fax: + 44 (0)28 90 25 50 04
Year Built: 1974
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 43.5  m
  Breadth: 9.4  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2  m
  Max. draft: 4.6  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Fisheries Research and Oceanography
  Operating Area: Irish Sea; Celtic Sea (MSA summer only); North Coast of Ireland (MSA summer only);West of Ireland to 12 W (MSA summer only);West of Scotland to 12 W (MSA summer only).
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 546  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 51  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 30  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 26  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
58  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 2  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: 3 x 8  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 2800  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: 14  kts.
  Endurance: 12  days

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  Officers: 7
  Other crew: 7
  Scientists: 8
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: 2 TANDON 10MZ IBM AT MODEL 40 PLUS; Both with 60MB Tape Sreamer
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: yes
  CTD Type: Seabird CTD
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Rosette water sampler, 12 x 5 l PWS bottles

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: yes
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  Diesel, MAK
Power (BHP) each engine:  1200 at 900rpm
Propeller Diameter:  2.55   m Max. RPM:   233
Total power auxiliary diesels:  600   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 0/380V 0/240V
     kVA: 150/25
    Phases: 3/1


50/50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Compasses Plath magnetic; Arkas 41B magnetic; SG Brown SGB1000 gyro; Autopilots; Radars; Logs;Track Plotter;Sodena V.4.16; Shipmate RS 2000 track plotter ;
  Communications Equipment: Radiotelephones, Cellular telephone, fax
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: GPS Raython Raystar 920

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 38kHz 200kHz
  Sonar Type: Fisheries, Furuno CSH 50
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 7000  m,  safe working load:  2  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  3000  m , safe working load:  1  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  1000  m , safe working load:  2  tons
  Gantry: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  6  m , and outboard extension:  3  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  7  tons

  Crane: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  8  m  and outboard extension:  7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  20  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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