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Research Vessel

MODEL The Princess Royal
CONTACT 1 Dr Peter Bowes
CONTACT 2 Anthony Gibson
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Newcastle University's new research vessel, The Princess Royal, has been designed in-house by staff and students in the School of Marine Science and Technology.

The catamaran has established itself as the ideal platform for small research vessels due to its stability, large deck area and manoeuvrability.

Our unique marriage of the catamaran and the deep-vee hull form with anti-slamming bulbous bows gives enhanced seakeeping, efficiency and speed potential whilst maintaining its other inherent virtues.

With an operational area encompassing the North-East coast of England, the boat features tunnel sterns and the deep fore-foot of the Northumbrian Coble.


Specification: Length Overall 18.9m Beam Overall 7.3m Design Draft 1.64m Displacement (light) 36 tonnes Payload 5 tonnes Max Speed 20 knots Cruising Speed 15 knots Engines 2 x 600hp Propulsion Fixed pitch propellers

Normal Area of Operation: The coastal waters, rivers and estuaries of North East England.

Operating Conditions: •Classification MCA category 2 •Sea state 4-5 •Range 400 nautical miles

Capabilities: •Low and high speed (> 20 knots) transit to research grounds •Use of static fishing gear •Conventional surface, mid-water and bottom trawling •Plankton sampling and bottom dredging •Water sampling at depths up to 200m •Sea floor coring and rock dredging •Soft sediment sampling and sea floor photography •Undergraduate / postgraduate teaching facility •Platform for a wide variety of research programmes •Charter for government and commercial organisations •Marine wildlife observation and acoustic monitoring •Environment (wind/wave/current) monitoring •Underwater acoustic investigations

•Cavitation observations •Performance monitoring (of torque, thrust, fuel consumption, SOG, STW etc.) •Anti-fouling performance assessment •Bio-fouling sampling •Biofuels research •Full scale experimentation •Vocational training •Water quality assessment •Wind farm / wet renewable farm support •Underwater ROV/AUV/diving support

Item ID #1225.

Last Updated: 18th April, 2018

Research Vessel