Investigator departs on its first scientific sea trial!

Early this morning the new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator departed the CSIRO wharf in Hobart, on its first scientific sea trial.

Check out the photos!

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Investigator’s scientific sea trials are about to begin!

Since Investigator arrived in Hobart in early September we’ve been really busy fitting out $6.7 million worth of scientific equipment, from one end of the ship to the other.

Now it’s time to go out for scientific sea trials on the new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, to check all of the gear works to its optimum capacity and to also get some training on how to operate the scientific equipment from the manufacturers.

There are some really cool bits of gear that we’ll be testing on the first voyage, including the sonar that maps the sea floor, the TRIAXUS, the radon detector and the gravity meter.

The ship is scheduled to be back in port in Hobart on 1 November, when we’re going to do a fast turn around, and head back out to sea on the same day, with a whole new group of vendors.

On the second sea trial we’ll be testing and calibrating the research trawling capability, deep water sea floor core sampling, and more sonar like the sub-bottom profiler, which is able to collect data up to 100 metres into the sea bed.

Welcome to Port Celebrations for RV Investigator!

We are pleased to advise that a date has been set for the official Welcome to Port Celebrations on Friday 12 December 2014 for the new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator.

The day will be a celebration of the collaboration, foresight and hard work invested by Australia’s marine science community over the past decade, and in particular CSIRO’s management of the Future Research Vessel Project, which culminated in the delivery of the world class research vessel to its home port of Hobart just a few weeks ago.

At the event the ship will formally be handed over from the CSIRO’s Future Research Vessel Project to the Marine National Facility, for use as Australia’s ocean going national research vessel.

The event will be held at the CSIRO Marine Laboratories in Hobart, where a formal function will be held, followed by an open day for the general public. Further details for these events will be sent in the coming weeks.

We welcome everyone to be part of this celebration, but if you can’t make it in person you can join via social media and online through the Investigator@CSIRO blog, all of which will be updated with photos and videos across the day.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebrations.

Toni Moate
Executive Director, Future Research Vessel Project


Sounding out the ghosts of the depths

Sounding out the ghosts of the depths.

Cool science education worksheets and animations for school kids!

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We’ve got some great science education activities and animations for school kids, all about the new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator.


Work sheets:

Why don’t you download them and give them a go!

So what science can be done on board Investigator?

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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 ship specifications:

RV Investigator has a computer network to wow you with!

RV Investigator’s sophisticated computer network is in the final stages of fit out on board the ship.

A team of specialists have designed an impressive network for the new Marine National Facility research vessel.

The computer network has several really important roles. Firstly it’s to collect data from a vast array of scientific equipment, from the CTDs, to the TRIAXUS, to the weather research radar. It’s also there to keep everyone safe via a system of cameras, which will enable the science operations to be viewed from a number of locations on board, and it also keeps everyone connected to the rest of the world, via an impressive satellite communications system.

How wired are we talking? Here are some stats on the on board system, to wow you with:

  • 8 central servers
  • 30 cameras monitoring ship operations
  • 58 TB of central scientific storage (yes Terabytes!)
  • 100 telephones
  • 1,000 network outlets
  • The network is built on a fibre optic backbone with a 10 Gbps core switch, and 1 Gbps edge switches (wow!)
  • Investigator will have a 512kbps VSAT data link to shore for email, internet, voice, video, remote support services as well as enabling live science data transfer.


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