A lot of work has been going on inside RV Investigator and you won’t believe the changes. Check out these photos of the switchboard room, which is looking pretty switched on!
This is the room where the electricity generated by the diesel engines and their alternators gets distributed around the ship to power absolutely everything.
On Investigator each engine can theoretically generate 2.88 megawatts of power so with all three running we can theoretically generate about 9 megawatts of power.
To give this some perspective, the average Australian household consumes 18 kilowatt (kW) hours each day.
Using this as a basis, let’s say each house consumes 18kW at any instant, therefore 9MW divided by 18kW means we could power 500 average Australian homes comfortably.
So we could power a small suburb or a country town!
RV Investigator’s block 201, the bow of the ship at the deck level, has been completed and lifted into place.
This is an enormous block, which had to be constructed in smaller sections, assembled on the wharf, and then lifted into place.
Only the gondola is yet to be fitted to the hull of the ship.
How incredible does Investigator look now!
The bridge of RV Investigator has been blasted, painted and transported to the wharf area, and lifted into place.
The block is very long and thin, and it just fits down the streets of the shipyard!
Sections of the steel have been painted brown and this area will eventually be cut away and fitted with windows.
This is block 401 and now that it’s in place, this leaves just one block left to lift!
Our limited edition LEGO® Investigators are proving very popular!
Recently CSIRO Education ran a competition in each of their magazines, The Helix and Scientriffic, to give away two of the fabulous LEGO models.
Here are some of the very impressive entries!
The budding scientists were asked what scientific research they would investigate if they were the captain of Investigator.
Winners will be announced on 1 March for Scientriffic and 1 April for The Helix.
Work on the gondola has been progressing and it’s looking rather fabulous. Here’s the latest photo from the shipyard, of RV Investigator’s gondola being turned.
It looks just like a space shuttle, taking off!
At the very pinnacle of the ship is the main mast, which will house a weather research radar.
You can see it highlighted here in the graphic of RV Investigator – the dome at the top indicates the radar. Work has begun on the main mast as you’ll see in the photos below.
Work is continuing on the inside fit-out of RV Investigator. Here’s a photo of the galley or kitchen equipment that will be onboard.
Not quite ready for bacon and eggs but well on the way to cooking up a storm!
A few weeks ago on this blog we showed you block 110 heading down the street to the blasting and painting chamber. Now it’s out of the paint chamber looking, big, beautiful and green!
It’s the first chance we’ve had to see the ship’s name and home port, in bold lettering on the side too.
Doesn’t the ship look amazing!
Block 201, the bow of the ship at the 200 level is big. It’s so big that it won’t fit down the streets of the shipyard, so it’s being built in smaller sections.
Here is the graphic to show you which block we’re talking about, and some photos from the fabrication shed of various parts of the block.
The final layer of blocks, the 400 series, is being assembled at the Investigator Erection Area on the wharf, making the ship look enormous! Block 402 has now been lifted into place.
I’ve been wondering how big the ship really is. It’s a bit hard to get a sense of the perspective, because everything is just so enormous.
For example, when you stand on the back deck, how wide will it really be? Now we have the photo that will give you a really good idea.
Check out he last photo of block 110, the stern. It’s amazing!
Recently at the Sembawang Shipyard there was a surprise evacuation drill of the Investigator Erection Area.
You know the sort of scenario, when all of a sudden the fire alarms ring and you have to leave your work station, and make sure you’ve remembered where to go and who to report to. They’re important events to make sure everyone remembers what to do in case of an emergency.
The teams at the shipyard did an impressive job, taking less than 6 minutes to evacuate 351 people from the ship!
Lots of booms and components have arrived at the shipyard and are in storage waiting to be fitted to ship.
Block 208, which is right at the back of RV Investigator, has been finished, painted and lifted into place.
Here’s the graphic to show you which block we’re talking about and then there are some great photos of what’s been happening in the shipyard.