RV Investigator at anchor in Singapore

Before Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator departed Singapore, one of the crew took some great images of the ship amidst the hustle and bustle.

Check out the photos!

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Animating Investigator’s science capabilities: moorings

A mooring is a long anchored line of scientific equipment and floats, deployed to collect data from the ocean for 1-2 years.

Surface moorings collect ocean, meteorological and atmospheric data, like wind speed, wave height and temperature and sub-surface moorings measure things like temperature and conductivity (saltiness) at the same depth, across an ocean current.

This animation explains how this equipment is used on board Investigator, Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel.

Transcript: RV Investigator – moorings (general)

Animating Investigator’s science capabilities: towing scientific equipment

Marine scientists observe our oceans using a range of equipment.

Generally these are attached to an electro-optical cable and towed behind the ship at a slow speed to collect data.

This animation explains how this equipment is used on board Investigator, Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel.

Check it out!

Transcript: RV Investigator – towing scientific equipment (general)

RV Investigator has departed Singapore and is on its way to Hobart!

RV Investigator is now on its delivery voyage from Singapore to Hobart, with the ship expected to pull alongside at the CSIRO wharf about the 8th of September, depending on the weather.

There’s been a lot of paperwork happening to get to this stage, both in Australia and Singapore, as part of the departure procedures.

One thing we’ve had to do was to register the ship as an Australian vessel.

You’ll see in this photo Investigator is now flying the Australian flag!

RV Investigator flying the Australian flag
If you’re not sure where Hobart might be, then check out the map below.

Map of Singapore and Australia

Listen to Dr Lindsay Pender talking to 936 ABC Hobart’s Drive Presenter, Louise Saunders!

The Future Research Vessel Project Team member, Dr Lindsay Pender, was interviewed by 936 ABC Hobart’s Drive Presenter, Louise Saunders about the TRIAXUS.


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World class oceanographic research equipment arrives in Hobart!


A world class oceanographic research instrument has arrived at CSIRO in Hobart to be part of the suite of on board equipment on Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator.

The TRIAXUS is made from carbon fibre, hydrodynamically designed to be towed up to 3km behind the ship and to collect data quickly, while flying from the surface down to 350m in an undisturbed marine environment.

The Executive Director of the Future Research Vessel Project, Toni Moate, said the equipment is vital to the work of oceanographers.

Biological oceanographers will use it to collect data on phytoplankton, salinity, temperature and light levels, to determine the health of the ocean.

Physical oceanographers will use the TRIAXUS to collect data about ocean currents descending undersea canyons, or when cooler waters are forced to the surface by ocean dynamics.

Data from the TRIAXUS will also be used by meteorologists to improve weather and climate forecasting.

“The scientists on board Investigator will be able to control the flight path of the TRIAXUS, to develop a 2D picture of the ocean across hundreds of kilometres,” Ms Moate said.

Dr Lindsay Pender from the Future Research Vessel Project Technical Team said it is critical to understand how the ocean interplays with the production of phytoplankton.

“The TRIAXUS will be used to estimate the amount of phytoplankton (small floating plants), which are the start of the food chain in the oceans,” Dr Pender said.

“The equipment collects the data by shining a blue light onto the phytoplankton, which then emits a fluorescent signal.”

“The returning fluorescent signal is measured by a fluorometer mounted on the TRIAXUS, and these data are used to determine where fish and other animals in the ocean start their lives, and the location of their food sources.”

The TRIAXUS was purchased for $400,000 from MacArtney Australia.

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RV Investigator: atmospheric research capabilities

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 Investigator.

Check out the atmospheric research fact sheet!

RV Investigator's atmospheric research fact sheet RV Investigator's atmospheric research fact sheet (back)

Download the fact sheet: RV Investigator – atmospheric fact sheet


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