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The scientific equipment onboard RV Investigator has been put into two groups. Group 1 are those items that will be fitted to the ship in Singapore and are part of the construction of the ship; such as, the gondola, drop keels and winches.
Group 2 is made up of items being purchased by the procurement team at CSIRO and this list includes things like the CTD frames, the long sediment corer and greenhouse gas spectrometers.
We’ve just taken delivery of 36 Niskin bottles that will be part of the 36 bottle CTD rosette.
It’s so exciting to see the new equipment starting to arrive in Hobart!
Each piece of scientific equipment has been championed by someone in Australia’s scientific community, in the case of the 36 bottle CTD rosette, it’s been Dave Terhell from CSIRO. Dave was there to receive and inspect the Niskin bottles with Ben Rae from the Future Research Vessel Project.
Here are some photos to show you some of the equipment and capabilities that will be used by fisheries researchers onboard RV Investigator.
There’s the net drum being manufactured in Norway, then you can see that it’s been installed on the ship and there’s a hatch where the net will be stowed.
A windlass is a device that is used to deploy and retrieve the anchor chain, with the anchor attached. On RV Investigator, the windlass deck, or mooring deck, is at the bow of the ship.
The ship has been designed to house the anchor within the external anchor pockets and the hawse pipes the anchor chain will travel through, extends from the external anchor pocket into the windlass or mooring deck.
All the machinery for the anchor is enclosed in the windlass deck. The anchor chains are stored in the chain locker just below the windlass. Spurling pipes carry the anchor chain from the windlass deck down into the chain locker.
The CTD instrument has long been a fundamental research tool for marine scientists. Besides its basic function to measure temperature and salinity in the ocean, it allows scientists to fit a wide variety of other instruments to measure other properties, including oxygen and other dissolved gases, phytoplankton and the quantity of biological matter, suspended particles and the depth that sunlight penetrates the ocean.
Do you remember block 206, the one with the big brown square that was lifted into place last year in November?
Well that’s the block that will house the CTD room onboard RV Investigator.
Some of the equipment that will deploy the CTDs onboard RV Investigator has now been installed.
The equipment that will allow Australian scientists to investigate our oceans onboard RV Investigator, keeps rolling in and being fitted to the ship.
One of the latest additions are the booms that will sit on the back deck, next to the A-frame.
Here’s a diagram to show you where they’ll be placed and some photos from the ship!
With all the blocks in place, we’re starting to get photos from inside the ship as work continues.
Here are some of the latest photos, showing everything from insulation being installed, to panelling being fitted and windows now in place!