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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

RV Serpula

The CMBB's boats include the research vessel, RV Serpula, which is moored at its Loch Creran base. The vessel is a 26.5 ft Kingfisher which has an eight ton displacement hull, driven by a 130 HP Perkins Sabre diesel engine, giving a cruising speed of 7-8 knots. She has a roomy forward wheelhouse incorporating chart table and seating for 4, a small forward cabin furnished with two berths and cooker and a large open working deck, 11.5 ft wide. She is fully compliant with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Code of Practice for Small Workboats and holds a Category 3 certificate, allowing use up to 20 miles from a safe haven. She can carry up to 10 crew/passengers.

RV SerpulaInstrumentation

  • Furuno differential GPS (ground station and EGNOS corrections)
  • Raymarine radar/plotter with C-Map chart system
  • Raymarine C120 plotter with Navionics Gold chart system
  • NMEA data stream for PCs
  • JRC colour fishfinder/log
  • Forward-looking echosounder
  • Icom GMDSS-compliant VHF
  • ICS Navtex
  • Six 12 volt sockets

Deck gear

  • Aft gantry with derrick
  • Twin drum hydraulic winch
  • Electric anchor windlass
  • Deck wash
  • Diving ladder

The vessel is rigged for small otter and beam trawling, grabbing, coring, plankton sampling and diving. She is regularly used for drop-down video, ROV, sidescan sonar and AGDS surveying. More information on the seagoing equipment within the CMBB can be found here.