Nearshore/Inshore Research, Training and Support Vessels

The Marine Institute operates one nearshore vessel for its research, project support and academic programming requirements. The institute also operates two smaller research and support platforms for protected and inshore water voyages.

  • The MV Inquisitor is a 24.7 metre platform tasked primarily to at-sea Safety and Survival Training. A major refit in 2015 included a top deck extension, addition of a new Palfinger heavy lift crane, Pullmaster winch, hydraulic pumps, and MOB rescue boat and Davit. The vessel is an ideal inshore/nearshore platform for project support, particularly coastal payload deployments (e.g. AUV/ROVs, moorings, ocean monitoring instrumentation, etc.), tracking and retrieval.

M. V. Inquisitor

General Description‌‌MV Shamook

  • Year Of Construction: 1975
  • Length Overall: 24.9 m
  • Beam (MLD): 6.54 m
  • Crew Complement: 5 Near coastal II/7 Near Coastal 1
  • Fuel Oil Capacity: 28.5 m3
  • Cruising Range: 2500nm
  • Cruising Speed: 10 Knots
  • Voyage Certification: Near Coastal Voyage Class 1 & 2
  • Gross Tonnage: 117.0 t
  • Accommodation: 9
  • Propulsion: CAT D379B (560Hp),

Transport Canada Authorized Voyages: 200nm offshore along coast of North America north of 5° North (Near Coastal Voyage Class 1)

The M. V. Inquisitor is a 24.9 metre (81’) steel, single-screw former small research and search and rescue vessel acquired from Fisheries and Oceans Canada in November 2014.  The vessel has been well maintained and the main engine and the two ship’s service generators have been completely rebuilt within the past three years. The Inquisitor was converted to replace the Anne S. Pierce as a support vessel for the at-sea training programs offered by the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC).

The vessel underwent further refit in winter 2014/15 for Smartbuoy tendering.  For this tasking the vessel has been equipped with new hydraulic pumps, a power winch, and heavy lift crane with an 8 tonne SWL.  The vessel was also affixed with a new MOB davit and rescue boat and a 75 Hp bow thruster in summer 2015, and redundant life-saving appliances.  It is a versatile and capable small support vessel that is available for internal and external clients when not tasked to the identified programming.

The Narwhal

General DescriptionThe Narwhal

  • Year Of Construction: 2004
  • Length Overall: 11.02 m
  • Beam (MLD): 2.7 m
  • Crew/Passenger Compliment: 12
  • Fuel Oil Capacity: 340L
  • Cruising Speed: 30 Knots
  • Gross Tonnage: 2.56 t
  • Voyage Certification: Small Commercial Vessel

Transport Canada Authorized Voyages: Near Coastal II (Within 20nm of headlands from May 1 to September 30. Restricted to 12 passengers including crew and to 1 metre waves and 15 knot winds – Vessel crew minimum credentials are SVOP certificate, MED-A3 and Radio operator’s certificate).

The Narwhal is a 38’ larger Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) type rigid inflatable boat converted to SmartBay Buoy and near shore Ocean Instrumentation service and support. In 2015 the vessel was equipped with 2@115HP Mercury marine outboards, and is outfitted with radar, plotter, GPS, EPIRB and VHF radios.

The vessel can also be equipped with a small capacity manually operated winch for deploying, recovering, or towing small marine instruments.

The R. V. Gecho II

The R. V. Gecho II is a 9.75 metre (32’) Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP), decked inshore research vessel custom built in 2009 and equipped with twin 150HP Mercury outboard engines.The R. V. Gecho II

Voyage Certification: Small Commercial Vessel

Transport Canada Authorized Voyages: Near Coastal II (Within 20nm off headlands from May 1 to September 30. Restricted to 4 passengers including crew, 1 metre waves and 15 knot winds).

The Gecho II is a highly sophisticated inshore fisheries research vessel custom built for the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) to conduct research in coastal bays with unique habitats, inshore spawning and nursery habitats.

The vessel provides CFER with the capability to monitor inshore and offshore species migration and is equipped with:

  • two scientific echo sounders with five transducers (four frequencies)
  • double global positioning systems
  • a bridge echo sounder, radar, very high frequency and Sirius radios
  • oceanographic winch and conductivity, temperature and depth sensors

Small Support/Auxiliary Vessels – Protected Waters

Holyrood Marine Base offers internal and external clients a choice of open or decked small support vessels (with or without certified operators) that are typically used during sea-trials of prototype AUVs/ROVs.

Authorized Voyages: Protected water voyages. These platforms are used to deploy, shadow and recover AUVs/ROVS and other small instruments and transducers, in sheltered waters (inside headlands) within close proximity to port. Users must possess a small craft operator’s certificate and ROC-M radio operator’s certificate.

BOSR Support Vessel

General Description:BOSR Support Vessel

The BOSR vessel is a 6.7 metre (22’) aluminum custom built platform for oil spill response training programs.

The vessel is equipped with twin 50 HP Mercury Outboards, power props, Samson post, VHF Radio and extra fuel capacity for heavy load handling/towing.

The Gecho

General Description:Gecho

The Gecho is a 22’ decked Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) vessel configured with an aluminum frame for mounting various transducers. During Summer 2015 the vessel was refitted for the School of Ocean Technology (SOT) projects in shallow and protected waters bottom mapping.

The Gecho is equipped with a fuel efficient 70Hp Evinrude Ecotec engine and 20Hp backup engine, radar, plotter, VHF Radio and life-saving appliances. A Honda generator is offered for auxiliary power, and the vessel can be retrofitted with a manually operated winch and various mounts for transducers. When not assigned to SOT functions the vessel is available for use by internal and external clients.