RV Noctiluca

Equipment Type: Small vessel

The Biological Sciences research vessel RV Noctiluca is used for marine research and training in connection with the university’s teaching and research programmes.

It is a unique, twin-hulled, shallow-draft, aluminium vessel that combines speed, manoeuvrability and efficiency with a flexible work platform. The Noctiluca is suitable for a wide range of scientific tasks, ranging from hydrographic assessment to trawling and other forms of bottom sampling.

The Noctiluca is a 12.5m, diesel-powered catamaran capable of 20 knots. It can cruise at 16 knots with a range of 500 nautical miles. The vessel is also equipped with the latest navigation aids enabling offshore operation for several days.

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Available for use/hire by external contacts