RRS Discovery (1962)
|Owner:||NERC National Marine Facilities Division|
|Builder:||Hall Russell, Aberdeen|
|Launched:||3rd July 1962 by Mary Viscountess Hailsham|
|Out of service:||14th of December 2012|
|Status:||not in service|
|Class & type:||Royal Research Ship
DTp VII, Lloyds 100A1
|Tonnage:||3008 tonnes (gross)|
|Draught:||5.52 m (full load)|
|Installed power:||3716 kW|
|Propulsion:||Diesel electric system with 2 × Mirrlees Blackstone ESL6 and 2 × Mirrlees Blackstone ELS9 Mk2 diesels driving a propulsion motor. 360° Azimuthing Bow Thruster unit|
|Speed:||11.0 knots (max: 12.5 knots)|
|Crew:||9ficers; 13 Crew; 28 Scientists|
RRS Discovery (III) was built in Aberdeen in 1962 and named after Robert Falcon Scott's 1901 ship, RRS Discovery. Until 2006, she was the largest general purpose oceanographic research vessel in use in the United Kingdom. Measuring 90 metres in length, and fitted with a broad range of oceanographic equipment, Discovery could also accommodate containerized laboratories. She had berths for 28 scientific staff, and the ability to spend up to 45 days at sea. Her last major overhaul was in 1991, when a new superstructure and power plant were installed and her hull lengthened by 10 metres.
Discovery carried out oceanographic and marine biology research from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. She operated as part of a fleet maintained by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) National Marine Facilities Division (NMFD), along with the larger RRS James Cook.
Discovery (III) is due to be replaced by another ship, and after extensive enquiry within the scientific community, the replacement vessel will be named "Discovery" (IV). The 1962 vessel retained the name until disposal. The new vessel has been designed by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway and built in Spain by C.N.P. Freire, S.A for delivery in 2013 and to be available for scientific research in 2014.
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