The vessel Clara Campoamor, operated by SASEMAR and based in Cartagena, belongs to the type of multipurpose ocean going tugs. The most remarkable feature of this boat is its versatility, which allows it to act in different types of areas:
- Rescue operation
- Marine pollution, as they have capacity to collect waste in the sea.
- Assistance and towing ships and other maritime operations.
The Clara Campoamor is 80 meters long, 20,600 horsepower, 228 tons of towing and 1,750 m3 of storage capacity. With a crew of 18 people, sleeps up to 38 people in their cabins.
Multipurpose vessels can be used as platforms to support maritime operations thanks to :a system for dynamic positioning, spaces specifically enabled and equipped for the work of divers, auxiliary equipment, central communications, etc. Other elements such as seadark radar, night vision camera (FLIR), firefighting equipment, and two different systems for the collection of oil residues, plus the possibility of applying dispersants complete the endowment ensuring its viability and suitability for any type of emergency.
The two cranes installed in the middle of the ship allow them to ship containers of 10 or 20 feet and can lift 20 tons each with a range from 4 meters minimum 15 meters maximum.
Equipped with two auxiliaries vessels: one of 9 meters long, with a pulling capacity of two tons; and other 7 half meters long, capable of reaching 33 knots powered by waterjets.
All these characteristics with an open space at the stern make this ships a perfect platform to work with underwater robotics systems.
The RV Celtic Explorer is the larger of the two state-owned research vessels run by the Marine Institute. It is a multi-purpose research vessel which came into service in 2003 and is designed for fisheries acoustic research, oceanographic, hydrographic and geological investigations as well as buoy/deep water mooring and ROV Operations.
At 65.5m in length, the vessel can accommodate 35 personnel, including 20-22 scientists. The vessel is based in Galway, Ireland, which is ideally located as the gateway to the Atlantic and enables the Celtic Explorer to facilitate both national and international research and exploration with ease.
The Celtic Explorer’s other key attributes include:
- Acoustically silent (ICES 209), which minimises fish avoidance and provides an ideal environment for the collection of high quality acoustic data
- Dynamic positioning
- Retractable drop keel for acoustic transducers and other instrumentation
- EM302, EM2040 & EM1002 multi-beams (reaching depths of up to 5000m)
- Large dry and wet laboratories
- A full complement of survey equipment and winches suitable for coring, trawling and drop camera operations
- Adapted to accommodate a variety of Remotely Operated Vehicles including the Deepwater ROV Holland I
- Maximum endurance of 35 days
The virtual tour of the Celtic Explorer can be accessed from the Marine Institute website.