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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Ernest Shackleton

Last Updated - 11/5/2003
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: UK

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: ZDLS1
Owner: NERC, British Antarctic Survey
Operator: NERC, British Antarctic Survey
Contact: Chris Hindley
Address: British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Fax: +44 (0)1223 362616
Year Built: 1995
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 80  m
  Breadth: 17  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 6.35  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Antarctic Logistics, Marine Science
  Operating Area: Worldwide, but principally in the Polar Seas
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 1910  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 1380  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 45  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 45  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
165  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: Unknown
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 14  kts.
  Endurance: 130  days

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  Officers: Unknown
  Other crew: 22
  Scientists: 59
  Air Conditioned:  No

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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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: 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:

Fully ice-DnV*1A1 E0 Icebreaker ICE 05 - HELDK - ICS

Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Simrad Albatross ADP 701, Dynamic Positioning - AUT R
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Bergen Diesel BRG-6
Power (BHP) each engine:  3420
Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   720
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: Unknown
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: Unknown



Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: navigation sonarm hydrographic echo sounder
  Communications Equipment: Communications to GMDSS including satcom., MF/HF and VHF intercom and hailing system ; TV-monitoring with 20 cameras
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: Unknown

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 12 kHz Hydrographic echo sounder
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: Unknown  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , 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: Stern

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  10  tons

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Kværner Kleven Leirvik, Norway
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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