Also located on RV Investigator’s monkey island is the main mast, which houses a weather research radar.
Scientists hope to answer some of the big questions about weather, climate, and the atmospheric conditions in remote areas of the world’s oceans with the a dual-polarisation radar.
It will collect cloud and weather data from clouds towering 20 kilometres over the tropical ocean to cold ice storms in the Antarctic, in a 150 kilometre radius from the ship, and will have a broad range of research applications.
Investigator’s communications equipment is located on the monkey island.
From the drawings of the ship you can see where the domes are located.
Investigator has a 512kbps VSAT data link to shore for email, internet, voice, video, remote support services, as well as enabling live science data transfer.
It is also capable of live via satellite interviews to most television stations and studios globally.
Did you know the highest accessible point, other than the masts on board a ship, is called the monkey island?
RV Investigator’s monkey island includes a number of key pieces of scientific and communications equipment and an Observation Deck.
The Observation Deck was designed for scientists to observe whales, dolphins and sea birds.
Check out the photos of the construction and fit out of the Observation Deck!
Now you know how Investigator is a cool research vessel? Well it’s just about to go up further in your estimation.
One of the tricky things for the Master to do on board the Marine National Facility research vessel, is to manoeuvre the ship from the bridge, while the scientists on the back deck are giving instructions, as to what’s going on with a piece of scientific equipment.
Sure there are plenty of cameras showing the Master what’s happening, but wouldn’t it just be easier if the Master could manoeuvre the ship from the back deck, standing right next to the scientists?
Of course it would, and that’s just what will be possible on board Investigator!
Investigator has two plug in points on the back deck for a piece of equipment called a cJoy, that will allow the Master to use the rudder, engines, bow thruster, propulsion motors and propellers.
Here’s a photo of one of Investigator’s Masters, Mike Watson, trying out the cJoy mobile unit on the back deck, during the scientific sea trials, with Steve Thomas looking on.
There are actually two cJoy systems on board the ship. One is permanently mounted on the starboard wing of the bridge and the second is located on the port side wing of the bridge and also doubles as a mobile unit that can be plugged into sockets on the back deck.
The images below will show you where the mobile cJoy unit is located on the port side wing of the bridge.
How cool is that!
From one end of the ship to the other, up and down the stairs, along the corridors and into the laboratories, the ship is slowly being covered in pyjama stripes.
Well that’s what it looks like to me!
The blue striped material has been rolled out, in an effort to protect surfaces throughout the ship.
There has to be some advantage to being the Master of Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator.
Check out the accommodation and adjoining meeting room for the ship’s Master!
There are a range of support staff who go to sea on board the Marine National Facility research vessel, to help scientists achieve their research outcomes.
This includes electronics technicians.
To enable these specialists to do their work, RV Investigator has a dedicated electronics workshop.