Last year the MNF Steering Committee said farewell to its long serving Chair, Professor Craig Johnson from the University of Tasmania, along with Professor Richard Arculus from the Australian National University and Greg Paten from Woodside Energy.
We owe sincere thanks to these outgoing members, who have spent the best part of ten years working towards the realisation of Investigator as the new Marine National Facility research vessel, and ensuring the research undertaken onboard Southern Surveyor safely achieved the best marine science for the nation.
The new Chair for the MNF is Dr Ian Poiner whose research focus is tropical marine systems, especially understanding how they are influenced by human activities. He is also a Chair of the Integrated Marine Observing System Advisory Board, the University of Western Australia Oceans Institute and the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Independent Science Panel.There are three other new faces on the MNF Steering Committee.
Bob Quarrill Bob from Woodside Energy. He is currently Manager for the GeoTechnical Operations, which are accountable for the conduct of Woodside’s survey operations, including hydrographic, bathymetric, topographic, seismic acquisition and processing, shallow geophysical, geotechnical, oceanographic, meteorological, environmental surveys and positioning support, remote sensing and geospatial data management.Nick Gales, is the Chief Scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division and he’s been involved in applied marine mammal research and management since 1980. He leads the Australian Marine Mammal Centre and is responsible for all technical and scientific aspects of the Australian Government’s responsibilities for the management of marine mammals in Australia and Antarctica.Professor Richard Coleman is the Deputy Director at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania. Prior to this position he was Executive Director, Physical, Mathematical and Information Sciences, at the Australian Research Council (ARC) for three years and he has over 25 years’ experience as a researcher and academic in the Australian university sector.The new look MNF Steering Committee recently met in Hobart.
Check out the photos of the main lounge, which is looking rather fabulous!
The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) recently held its annual conference in Hobart, from 12-14 February and the Director of the Marine National Facility, Ron Plaschke, was invited to address their icebreaker event, held at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories.
It was a great opportunity to talk about Investigator and the new capabilities the ship offers the Australian marine science community.
And, we took the opportunity to give away a LEGO® Investigator.
Check out the photos from the event.
Let’s get a bit of perspective on the gondola and the bow thruster onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, to give you an idea of the size of the ship.
Do you remember this very noisy little video of the bow thruster being tested?
Then the bow thruster was delivered and installed deep within the bow of Investigator.
Next, do you remember when Investigator’s gondola was turned?
There’s a little red circle so you focus on that section of the gondola, and now have a look at these images from the skidding of Investigator.
And, finally check out this photo of some the CSIRO Site Team in Singapore, standing right in front of the gondola and the bow thruster!
Do you remember last week we took delivery of the coring container, at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart?
Well, I bet you’re dying to know what’s inside? I was.
Here’s a potted history of the manufacture, testing and delivery of the coring system that will be onboard RV Investigator.
RV Investigator’s fabulous new multi-corer of course!
The Group 2 equipment recently arrived at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart.
Scientists onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator,will use the multi-corer to collect samples of mud and the small animals living within the first 50 centimetres of the sea bed.
Dr Lindsay Pender and Samantha Bouhricha, from the Future Research Vessel Project, were on hand to open and inspect the package.
RV Investigator’s first shipping container has arrived at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart. It’s a workshop and storage facility for Investigator’s coring system.
The design on all the shipping containers matches the livery (design and paint work) on the ship.
This will help our shipping containers stand out, and make it easier to find them, when they’re shipped to big port facilities in cities around Australia.