IRVSI Header Logo

Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Bill Conway

Last Updated - 11/12/2003
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: MNAT6
Owner: University of Southampton
Operator: School of Ocean & Earth Science
Contact: Mr Gary Fisher, Deputy Superintendent
Address: School of Ocean & Earth Science, University of Southampton
Southampton Oceanography Centre
European Way, Southampton UK SO14 3ZH
Telephone: 023 8059 6172
Fax: 023 8059 6366
Year Built: 1991
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


Back to Top

Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 11.74  m
  Breadth: 3.96  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1  m
  Max. draft: 1.3  m

Back to Top

Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: University Teaching, Surveying, Oceanography
  Operating Area: Southampton Water, The Solent, The Channel
  Navy Grids Supported:

Back to Top

Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 8.4  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 0.8  m3
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
0.4  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 15  m2
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

Back to Top

Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 150  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: 12  kts.
  Endurance: 1  days

Back to Top


  Officers: Unknown
  Other crew: 2
  Scientists: 12
  Air Conditioned:  No

Back to Top

Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: PC: c/w Transas Navi-Fisher vectorised electronic chart system, and Trimble HydroPro survey system
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Yes
  Grab Sampler: 0.1m3 Van Veen
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

Back to Top

Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

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

Back to Top

Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

Back to Top

Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Diesel, Mermaid Manta
Power (BHP) each engine:  290
Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   Unknown
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 240/240
     kVA: 6/1
    Phases: 1/1


50/50  Hz

Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  12   Volts with  24  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

Back to Top

Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Simrad Wind, Compass, Log, Raytheon radar
  Communications Equipment: VHF Radio x 2
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: Trimble AG122 DGPS, Simrad CE33 SDGPS Chart Plotter, Transas Digital Chart system

Back to Top

Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Simrad 50/200kHz, EchoPilot Forward Looking Sonar
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

Back to Top


  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 80  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  70  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Stern A Frame

Clearance above deck:  3  m , and outboard extension:  1.5  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  0.25  tons

  Crane: Position: Main Deck

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Unknown

Back to Top

Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Lochin Marine Ltd., Rye
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: Unknown
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225