Australia’s marine science community is celebrating the arrival of the new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator into its home port of Hobart, Tasmania on Tuesday 9 September at 10am.

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Above and below the water with RV Investigator

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With almost $20 million worth of scientific equipment, the 94m ship is capable of mapping the sea floor at any depth, collecting weather data 20km into the atmosphere, analysing fish species with sonar and revealing the composition of the sea bed 100m below the sea floor.

Executive Director of CSIRO’s Future Research Vessel Project, Ms Toni Moate said the ship’s scientific capabilities are extensive.

“We now have the exciting task of working with the marine science community to explore the different ways we can combine the data collected on board Investigator, to answer important research questions,” Ms Moate said.

Dr Brian Griffiths, from the Future Research Vessel Project Technical Team said over the next five months the wharf will be a hive of activity for the final fit out of scientific equipment on board the ship.

“It’s an exciting day for the teams that have worked so hard to deliver this ship to Australia, and for those who are waiting to literally get their hands on the ship here in Hobart,” Dr Griffiths said.

In 2009 the Australian Government committed $120 million for a new Marine National Facility research vessel. The project is an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as part of the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund.

Under direction of an independent Steering Committee, the Marine National Facility is owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the nation.

Investigator is a world leader in innovation, and was recognised by IHS Maritime 360, when it named Investigator as one of the top 13 ship building projects for 2013.

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  • Dr Brian Griffiths outlines what will happen once the vessel docks and explains the sea trials.

  • Dr Brian Griffiths explains some of the vessel’s features including its range and sea time.

  • Dr Brian Griffiths explains the equipment on board and how the ship’s ‘quiet’ features will help with research.

  • Dr Brian Griffiths talks about how the equipment will help with weather and climate research in order to help fisheries and coastal development activities.

  • Dr Brian Griffiths explains how researchers will gain access to the vessel for a range of research projects.

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