RV Bernicia

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Career (UK) Red Ensign (UK)
Name: RV Bernicia
Namesake: Bernicia, a sixth-century Anglo Saxon Kingdom
Owner: Newcastle University
Operator: Newcastle University Department of Marine Science and Technology
Port of registry: Newcastle upon Tyne
Route: Northumberland Sea Area
Ordered: 1973
Builder: Ryton Marine, Wallsend, UK
Commissioned: March 1973
Identification: Callsign: MLER
Fate: Sold
Career (NL)
Name: RV Bernicia
Owner: Bernicia Netherlands
Operator: Bernicia Netherlands
Route: Rotterdam Area
Identification: Callsign: PB4310
Status: In service as of August 2013
General characteristics
Class & type: DTp VIIIA, Lloyds 100A1
Type: Research Vessel
Tonnage: 46.25 GT
Displacement: 58.24 tonnes
Length: 16.2 m (53 ft) LOA
Beam: 4.72 m (15.5 ft)
Draught: 2.59 m (8.5 ft)
Depth: 3.39 m (11.1 ft) (deck edge to keel)
Decks: 1 main deck with 20m² deck space
Installed power: Main engine: 1 × 126.8kW (170hp) at 1500 RPM
Auxiliary engines: 1 × 41.8kW (56hp)
Propulsion: 1 × Gardener 8LXB high-speed engine
1 × Perkins diesel engine for auxiliary power
Speed: 9.0 knots (16.7 km/h; 10.4 mph) (maximum), 8.0 knots (14.8 km/h; 9.2 mph) (cruising)
Range: 5000nm
Endurance: 3 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4m inflatable
Complement: 4 × crew and 12 × scientists
Crew: 1 × Officer, 3 × crew

The RV Bernicia is a research vessel owned and operated by diving organisation Bernicia Netherlands. It had previously been operated by Newcastle University's Department of Marine Science and Technology, where it was used for research and teaching in the North Sea and in river estuaries, largely in the area of marine biology. It is a small trawler-type vessel just over 16 metres in length, it has a hydraulically operated windlass and winches, and a crane on the aft deck.

The RV Bernicia is named after the ancient Anglo Saxon Kingdom of the same name, and was designed by Naval Architects from Newcastle University. When used by the university it was berthed at and operated from Blyth. The Bernicia was replaced by a newer research vessel that was also partly designed by students at the university.[1] This new vessel is RV The Princess Royal. RV Bernicia was sold to diving organisation Bernicia Netherlands.


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