Cruising into a new era of marine biology

Swansea University has invested £1.3m in the construction of a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel which will be used by marine biologists to travel from estuaries to the sea shelf to study the diverse habitats and wildlife of spectacular coastline of Wales.

New research vessel

Swansea University has long been a leader in Marine Biology at the College of Science conducting high impact research, and assisting with the conservation and sustainable development of the marine and coastal resources in Wales.



The vessel will be used to

  • survey the coastline
  • map critical habitats
  • study water quality
  • observe marine wildlife
  • deploy marine equipment
  • support teaching, research and business assistance

New research vessel 2

The new vessel which is scheduled to launch in Dec 2017, can accommodate 26 passengers with 8 berths and have a top speed of 23 kts with cruising at about 16kts, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment. 

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