Testing the CTD system onboard Investigator

CTD stands for conductivity (salinity), temperature and depth.

The system that deploys this equipment from  RV Investigator’s CTD laboratory, out and over the side of the ship and into the water, was tested during sea trials.

Check out the photos!

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Let’s go!

Check out the photos of Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, heading out for scientific sea trials!

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Scientific sea trials onboard RV Investigator

RV Investigator has been out doing sea trials, to test some of the scientific equipment onboard.

All lit up and getting ready to go!

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RV Investigator at sea for sea trials

Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator has been undertaking sea trials.

The ship looks fabulous!

RV Investigator (image Ian Hawkes)


Capturing our underwater world!

One of the coolest pieces of equipment we’ve got onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, is also one of the smallest.

RV Investigator's keel camera

It’s a camera, fitted onto one of Investigator’s drop keels!

One of RV Investigator's keels

One of RV Investigator's keels

RV Investigator's keels

While this nifty device is primarily being installed as part of the sonar performance verification program for the ship, it’s also going to be used to capture images of the marine environment.

RV Investigator's drop keels deployed

It’s not unusual for some species like dolphins, to be attracted to moving ships, like in this photo snapped from onboard Southern Surveyor, and now we’ll be able to film species and marine environments, as we’re steaming along!A dolphin surfaces near Southern Surveyor (image Beatriz Britto Pereira)


Investigator has been spruced up in the dry dock!

A few weeks ago Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, was popped into the dry dock at the shipyard to be spruced up.

Check out the photos!

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Investigator’s science office on Level 2

Level 2 onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, is looking ship-shape!

Check out the photo of the science office.

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RV Investigator’s small conference room!

The small conference room on Level 2 looks fabulous!

RV Investigator's small conference room

RV Investigator's small conference room


RV Investigator’s life raft access ladders are in place

RV Investigator’s life raft access ladders are looking good!

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More things to check off!

The check list of things that have been completed onboard Investigator continues to grow!

The work boat is now in place.

Postioning RV Investigator's work boatThe Fire Control Plans have been mounted.RV Investigator's Fire Control PlansThe muster station is marked out.RV Investigator's Muster StationThe engineer’s spare parts store is looking neat and tidy! RV Investigator's engineer's spare parts storeThe fire appliances are in place. One of RV Investigator's fire appliances


Look at all the shiny stainless steel in the galley!

The galley onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, is looking shiny and new.

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RV Investigator's mess and galley


All washed up!

Onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator, the main laundry can be found on level 1.

It’s looking very shiny and new!

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The multicorer has now been assembled!

Do you remember a few weeks ago the multicorer arrived at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart, and it was unpacked and checked?

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The Marine National Facility’s equipment specialist, Mark Lewis, has now assembled the multicorer.

Check out the photos!

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Did you know Investigator is 10 storeys high internally?

From the keel to the observation deck, there are 10 storeys spanning the internal spaces of Investigator!

Which means there are lots and lots of stairs.

Check out the finishing touches being put on the banisters.

(The blue striped plastic on the floor is just a covering to keep it clean.)

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All tied up! (At the wharf)

Check out the latest photo of Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, tied up at the wharf in Singapore! RV InvestigatorRV Investigator


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