The amazing new sea floor mapping sonars on RV Investigator are so advanced they can map down to any ocean depth, including the deepest location in the ocean, the Mariana Trench at 10,994 metres.
In May 2009 the Australian Government allocated $120 million for a new ocean-going research vessel to replace the previous Marine National Facility research vessel, the 66-metre Southern Surveyor.
VIDEO: With an enviable suite of equipment, the ship will dramatically improve the national marine knowledge, putting Australia at the forefront of ocean research globally.
VIDEO: From its weather radar on top that collects data in a 120 kilometre radius, all the way under the ship to the drop keels that operate to 3,000 metres.
VIDEO: Check out the video of the construction of Australia’s RV Investigator, from flat sheets of steel to the ship’s delivery to Australia!
I know there are lots of people dying to know the specifications of Investigator’s engines! Here’s the nitty gritty of the new Marine National Facility research vessel: Diesel engine: M.A.K 9 M25C [3 off ], Inline 9 cylinder ; 4 stroke cycle ; operating on marine gas distillate oil [output power = 3,000 kw]. Exhaust Gas
The Marine National Facility has a number of container laboratories available for use on board RV Investigator: HAZMAT locker A specialised container for the bulk storage of toxic, corrosive and flammable chemicals. Substances that can be stored include concentrated acids (e.g. sulphuric acid, formaldehyde, formalin, ethanol and acetone. Laboratory Clean Container Specialised container for conducting trace metal
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj19-L-8FsI] And boy, does this baby have back. Australia’s new $120m marine research vessel, Investigator, is a thing of beauty. We’ve been watching Investigator get built step-by-step over in Singapore and have shared with you some of the key moments of its birth. Investigator is now only hours away from arriving at its home port of Hobart. We’re
Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, is so jam packed full of scientific equipment we have produced some fact sheets, so you can read about all of the capabilities. There are five categories: oceanographic research, geoscience research, biological research, atmospheric research and Investigator. Check out the Investigator fact sheet! Download the fact sheet: RV Investigator – ship specifications