Falcon Spirit

Equipment Type: Small vessel

The name honours Robert Falcon Scott, who as a Plymothian naval officer and polar explorer attempted to be the first person to reach the South Pole.

The Falcon Spirit is a 13.65m survey vessel coded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 14 people to work up to 60 miles from safe haven. Built by Alnmaritec of Northumberland the RV Falcon Spirit is an aluminum catamaran. With a beam of six metres it offers a large and stable 25m of flood lit configurable aft deck space. Internally the vessel has dry laboratory space for a minimum of six workstations, plus a separate wet laboratory facility. With a pair of 500 horse power diesel engines the vessel is capable of a 165 mile range at a 15 knot service speed, with considerable power in reserve. The vessel comes with the capability to troll at very slow speeds and boasts a 1 metre by 1 metre moon pool, two independent 600kg hydraulic capstans, and a 400kg pot hauler in way of a double door in the starboard bulwark. Power is via an independent generator producing 12.3 kVa of clean power to a multitude of 240V sockets, a 1.6kw inverter and a 4kw UPS. The RV Falcon Spirit offers a flexible and state-of-the-art platform for marine research.

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13.6 m Catamaran, 6m beam
14 persons up to 60nm offshore. Wet lab, dry lab, multibeam, moon pool, twin winches, pot hauler
Available for use/hire by external contacts