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Research Vessel Vessel RV Investigator To Visit Fiji This Month

  For the first time the RV Investigator, an Australian Government ship, will visit Fijian waters later this month. RV Investigator is operated by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
04 Jun 2016 08:56
Research Vessel Vessel RV Investigator To Visit Fiji This Month
The RV Investigator.

 

For the first time the RV Investigator, an Australian Government ship, will visit Fijian waters later this month.

RV Investigator is operated by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), to enable important marine research to be conducted for the benefit of Australia, her neighbours and the international community.

RANR Captain John Maschke, who is a certified professional hydrographic surveyor said, “The ship will be transiting Fijian waters (including a port visit at Lautoka), to return to Australia following completion of a research voyage that finishes in waters northeast of Fiji.”

He said the ship could support a wide range of oceanographic, atmospheric, geosciences and biological research.

“The visit to Lautoka is to resupply the ship, and conduct a changeover of crew and scientific teams. The visit also provides the ship with an opportunity to promote marine research and conduct goodwill activities with one of our close Pacific neighbours,” Captain Maschke said.

The RV Investigator will be visiting Fiji following completion of a research voyage to monitor ocean change and variability along longitude 170W.

The ship departed Hobart, Tasmania in late April and travelled south to the ice edge of Antarctica to meet up with line of longitude 170W.

The ship will then travel north along 170W to the equator, collecting a range of oceanographic data along the way. A port visit (for resupply and to changeover crew and science teams) will also be made in Wellington, New Zealand in late May. Captain Maschke said the ship was scheduled to arrive in Lautoka on June 28 and will be in port for one day, June 29 and depart the following day.

The ship has approximately 20 crews and can accommodate up to 40 researchers and support staff.

Meanwhile, the vessel is an Australian government ship and is not open to general visitors.

 

What is RV Investigator?

RV Investigator – is Australia’s only blue-water research vessel; the vessel must be all things to all Australian marine scientists. The vessel will support atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geoscience research.

 

Marine science

This diverse and complex approach to marine and atmospheric science is at the leading edge of ocean research. The ship has been specifically designed to an international maritime classification called DNVSilent-R.

Achieving this classification makes the RV Investigator one of the quietest vessels in the world. This is important because radiated ship noise interferes with acoustic signals.

By building a quiet ship, is able to maximise the performance of the equipment used to monitor the marine ecosystem and map the seafloor and seabed.

Investigator’s hull shape was designed using computer-based fluid dynamics to ensure any bubbles formed by the hull moving through the water (bubble sweepdown) do not interfere with the acoustic equipment.

To help achieve this, the hull was designed with neither a bulbous-shaped bow nor tunnel bow thrusters. Instead, RV Investigator has a soft nose stem and retractable azimuth bow thruster.

The Investigator generates around nine megawatts of power. The average Australian home uses about 18 kilowatt-hours per day, which means Investigator produces enough energy to power a small suburb or a country town!

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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