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Research vessel

Cefas Endeavour

To gain the evidence that underpins much of our work we operate a sophisticated, purpose-built ocean-going research vessel: the Cefas Endeavour. This entered service in April 2003, and undertakes estuarine, shelf seas and deep water oceanographic and fisheries surveys.

Certified to the International Maritime Organization's "International Safety Management Code", the vessel provides an effective and economic platform for scientific research and surveys. It is able to deploy a wide range of commercial and experimental static and towed gear, and is fitted out with laboratory facilities, extensive electronics, acoustic and optical equipment and data networks. 

Cruise information can be found on the British Oceanographic Data Centre website.

Technical information:
Port of registry Lowestoft
Length OA 73.00 m (Excluding stern roller)
Length extreme 73.916 m
Breadth (MLD) 15.80 m
Depth (MLD) 8.20 m
Design draft 5.00 m
Deep draught 5.50 m
LBP 66.50 m
Gross tonnage 2983 tonnes
Net register tonnage 894 tonnes
Net lightship 2436 tonnes
Deadweight @ 5.00 m 784 tonnes
Deadweight @ 5.50 m 1244 tonnes
Displacement @ 5.00 m 3210 tonnes
Displacement @ 5.50 m 3680 tonnes
Builder Ferguson Shipbuilders Limited, Port Glasgow
Commissioned 2003

In port BT Tel.
Cellphone Voice/Fax/Data
Inmarsat C
Fleet 77 (Inmarsat F)
VSAT Satcom/Internet system

Endurance 42 days

En-suite accommodation for 16 crew and 19 scientists with dedicated hospital facility

Propulsion System

AC/DC diesel electric
3 x diesel electric AC generators, individually raft mounted
2 x tandom electric DC motors
Single screw

Power generation 3240 Kw
Power propulsion 2230 Kw

Bow thruster (flush mounted azimuthing)
Stern thruster (tunnel)

Trial speed 14.4 knots
Bollard pull 29 tonnes
Call sign VQHF3
Official number 906938
MMSI 235005270
Lloyds/IMO number 9251107
Side Gantry 7.5 tonne articulated side A-frame
Stern Gantry 25 tonne stern A-frame

3 x cranes 35 tM
2 x trawl winches
2 x drum winches, (1 double)
Double barrel survey winch with motion compensation and slip rings
Double barrel survey winch with slip rings
Double barrel towing winch with slip rings
Side-scan sonar winch with slip rings
3 x Gilson winches (one fitted to stern A-frame)

Transducers/Sea tube

Drop keel to deploy transducers outside the hull boundary layer in addition to hull mounted transducers
1.2 m diameter sea tube/moon-pool

Acoustic equipment

Kongsberg Simrad:
HiPAP 500 positioning sonar
EK60 38 /120/ 200 scientific sounder
EA12 / 50/ 200 hydrographic sounder
SH80 high-frequency omni-directional sonar (scientific option)
EM3000D swathe bathymetry sounder
Hull-mounted Scanmar fishing net mensuration computer + transducers
RDI workhorse ADCP
Olex seabed display/logging system (multi-beam option)

Boats 2 x 8m rigid work and rescue boats with suite of navigational equipment deployed on heave-compensated davits

8 networked laboratories designed for optimum flexibility of purpose
4 serviced deck locations for containerised laboratories

Special features

Dynamic positioning system
Intering anti-roll system
Local Area Network with scientific data management system
Ship-wide general information system

Class LRS 100A1+LMC UMS SCM CCS ICC IP ES(2) DP(CM) ICE class 2

Underwater radiated noise profile:
Average beam aspect radiated noise at 11 knots

Cefas Endeavour underwater radiated noise profile graph. Cefas Endeavour's noise levels are below the ICES 209 recomendations.

Aerial photo of Cefas Endeavour © M. Page, http://www.norfolkskyview.flyer.co.uk/

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Last Modified: 24 June 2011