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Research Vessel Tom Crean
New marine research ship to be named in a ceremony held in Dingle
RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s newest marine research vessel named after the Kerry explorer will be officially commissioned in Dingle next month, reports RadioKerry. At almost 53-metres RV Tom Crean will be used (by the Marine Institute) for ocean surveys, fishery,…
A first for the Marine Institute fleet, as Ireland’s latest research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, is berthed also with the RV CelticExplorer at their homeport of Galway. The RV Celtic Explorer has just returned from conducting research at sea, while this week, the RV Tom Crean has embarked on its first-ever research expedition
P&O Maritime Logistics which is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will through its Irish office in Galway, provide full-service management of the Marine Institute’s new state-of-the-art research vessel, RV Tom Crean, on behalf of client the Marine Institute with…
The Marine Institute's newest research vessel the RV Tom Crean arrives into Galway
The Marine Institute's newest research vessel the RV Tom Crean has completed its delivery voyage from a Spanish shipyard to Ireland, having arrived this morning to dock in the Port of Galway. RV Tom Crean which cost €25m will remain…
RV Tom Crean was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday in Spain on Friday 8 July
The Marine Institute has shared a video documenting the key milestones in the build of Ireland’s new marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean. Delivered on time and on budget, the €25 million vessel was officially handed over to the…
The sparkling new Irish Research Vessel Tom Crean departs from the builders in northwest Spain tomorrow (Friday) to make her base and home port in Galway
The new pride of the Marine Institute's Research Flotilla, the R/V Tom Crean, will depart her builders at Bouzas near Vigo in northwest Spain tomorrow (Friday), on her way to a deservedly warm welcome in Galway and the western-based Marine…
RV Tom Crean was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday in Spain
Ireland's new Research Vessel Tom Crean in Vigo, Spain, was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday and the Irish flag raised. The new state-of-the-art Ship leaves Vigo for its new home port of Galway next week. Dr Paul…
The new Irish Marine Research Vessel Tom Crean pictured in May 2022 will be delivered to Galway in the Autumn
It is “on time and on budget”. That’s the Marine Institute’s new 25 million euro research ship, RV Tom Crean, due for delivery this autumn. Named after the Kerry polar explorer who worked with both Ernest Shackleton and Sir Robert Scott,…
In the lead-up to World Oceans Day next Wednesday 8 June, this week the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series looks to the future of marine research with the arrival of Ireland’s new research vessel, the RV Tom Crean. Sea trials…
The Helga was purchased in 1900 – the same year the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction was established - and used both as a scientific research vessel and as a fisheries protection vessel.
The Marine Institute has today launched this year’s Oceans of Learning series, celebrating Ireland’s Marine Research Vessels and Ocean Explorers – Our Past, Present and Future. Over a three-week period, Oceans of Learning celebrates our seas and Ireland’s valuable marine…
LAUNCH: The hull of Ireland’s new marine research vessel RV Tom Crean makes its first splash at Astilleros Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. A significant milestone in the build process, with the vessel on schedule for the Marine Institute and to be completed in summer 2022.
Ireland's new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, RV Tom Crean, was today launched as the hull went into the water for the first time from the Astilleros Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The launch of the hull is a significant milestone…
A Kerry councillor's call is to have the Marine Institute's newbuild research vessel (RV) Tom Crean be named in the south-west county in honour of the Annascaul-born Antartic explorer.
A Kerry county councillor says it's appropriate that a vessel to be named after Kerry's Antarctic explorer would officially take place in the county. The Marine Institute has commissioned a new research vessel, which is to be named the RV…
RV Tom Crean hull is completed
Ireland’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, has recently reached a key milestone with the completion of the vessel’s hull. The RV Tom Crean consists of 32 individual hull units expertly assembled to form the hull…
Ship time on Ireland’s research vessels
Applications are currently being accepted for ship time in on Ireland’s national marine science research vessels in 2022 and 2023. In addition to the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager, placements will also be available on the new RV…
In this angle image of RV Tom Crean, the superstructure show the decks and those below within the hull. Scientists will have various laboraties to work from in addition to facilites also to be used by crew with accommodation in total for 26 personnel.
The level of interest on the Marine Institute's €25m newbuild RV Tom Crean is most encouraging and so Afloat continues with further details of the ship currently under construction in Spain, writes Jehan Ashmore Before more information is outlined, just…
The 52.8-metre ship RV Tom Crean will sail into Irish waters under his name after it is completed next summer.
Marine biologist Maude Delap had been a favoured name among Marine Institute staff when suggestions were being sought last year for a title for the State’s new research ship. As Afloat revealed last month, renowned polar explorer Tom Crean of…
Another CGI image angle of newbuild RV Tom Crean, where the aft deck is where all the action is to take place in carrying out a whole host of oceanagraphy marine research using state of the art equipment as outlined below. Note the port of registry is Galway, the newbuild's homeport.
As Afloat first highlighted the Marine Institute's name of RV Tom Crean chosen for the new €25m research vessel due for delivery in Autumn 2022, is to feature a suite of the latest state of the art technology equipment, writes…

Marine Institute Research Vessel Tom Crean

Ireland’s new marine research vessel will be named the RV Tom Crean after the renowned County Kerry seaman and explorer who undertook three major groundbreaking expeditions to the Antarctic in the early years of the 20th Century which sought to increase scientific knowledge and to explore unreached areas of the world, at that time.

Irish Marine Research activities

Due to be completed in summer 2022, the new state-of-the-art multi-purpose marine research vessel will carry out a wide range of marine research activities, including vital fisheries, climate change-related research, seabed mapping and oceanography.

The new 52.8-metre modern research vessel, which will replace the 31-metre RV Celtic Voyager, has been commissioned with funding provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine approved by the Government of Ireland.

According to Aodhán FitzGerald, Research Vessel Manager of the MI, the RV Tom Crean will feature an articulated boom crane aft ([email protected] 10m, [email protected] 15m), located on the aft-gantry. This will be largely used for loading science equipment and net and equipment handling offshore.

Mounted at the stern is a 10T A-frame aft which can articulate through 170 degrees which are for deploying and recovering large science equipment such as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV’s), towed sleds and for fishing operations.

In addition the fitting of an 8 Ton starboard side T Frame for deploying grabs and corers to 4000m which is the same depth applicable to when the vessel is heaving but is compensated by a CTD system consisting of a winch and frame during such operations.

The vessel will have the regulation MOB boat on a dedicated davit and the facility to carry a 6.5m Rigid Inflatable tender on the port side.

Also at the aft deck is where the 'Holland 1' Work class ROV and the University of Limericks 'Etain' sub-Atlantic ROV will be positioned. In addition up to 3 x 20’ (TEU) containers can be carried.

The newbuild has been engineered to endure increasing harsher conditions and the punishing weather systems encountered in the North-East Atlantic where deployments of RV Tom Crean on surveys spent up to 21 days duration.

In addition, RV Tom Crean will be able to operate in an ultra silent-mode, which is crucial to meet the stringent criteria of the ICES 209 noise standard for fisheries research purposes.

The classification of the newbuild as been appointed to Lloyds and below is a list of the main capabilities and duties to be tasked by RV Tom Crean:

  • Oceanographic surveys, incl. CTD water sampling
  • Fishery research operations
  • Acoustic research operations
  • Environmental research and sampling operation incl. coring
  • ROV and AUV/ASV Surveys
  • Buoy/Mooring operations

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