R V Calanus

Equipment Type: Small vessel

R.V. Calanus is a 20m general purpose research vessels for inshore waters. She has a passage speed of nine knots and is suitable for trawling and benthic sampling, as well as hydrographic and acoustic surveys. She has a spacious afterdeck, a wet and dry laboratory, a scientific plot room and accommodation comprising a galley, mess and three twin cabins for overnight charters. She is filled with a Reson SeaBat 8124 multi-beam and analysis software as well as side-scan capabilities.

Calanus has a day capacity for 12 plus crew and overnight capacity for six plus crew. The crew comprise of a master, bosun, motorman and cook/deckhand. All have considerable experience in scientific work. RV Calanus has recently been modified with railing, seating and curtaining on top of the wheelhouse to enable bird and mammal observations.

She has undertaken research cruises in the northern end of the Irish Sea, Loch Ness, the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Isles. She is capable of working most inshore areas of the east and west coasts of Scotland, including the sea lochs.

R.V. Calanus was designed for SAMS by G.L. Watson (Naval Architects) Ltd. She was built in 1980 of West Afrikan iroko on teak frames by J. Hinks of Appledore in Devon. She was designed as a general purpose research vessel for inshore waters.


Contact Name: 
Dr Keri Wallace
Length 65' (overall); 61' waterline, beam 22', working draft: 10' (full fuel+water+3 tonnes equipment)
Calanus has a maximum passage speed of 9 knots and an endurance of 8 days based on a normal 12 hour working day.Hydraulic stem gantry - SWL 3 tonnesHydraulic trawl winch with 2 x 500m, 13mm wiresAtlas hydraulic crane - SWL 1 tonne (at 5m extention)CTD winch - SWL 0.3 tonnes - 300m x 8mm dia conducting CTD cable (connected through to lab)Anchoring arrangements: Forward windlass with small anchor and spare. 150 kg anchor attached to main warp for aft anchoringAft working deck (wood) 4m x 3m approx clear deck with opening gates in transom (open width of 3.3m). Working space aft of bridge (steel) 4m x 2m approx clear deck. An electric/hydraulic winch is available, which can be fitted to the after deck providing a 500m fibre/electrical cable for various underwater applications. This winch is capable of running on other ships having a 240V 50Hz 30kCA electricity supply.
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