RV Southern Surveyor

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Southern Surveyor alongside at Hobart in November 2010
Southern Surveyor alongside at Hobart in November 2010
Name: Southern Surveyor
Owner: CSIRO
Operator: CSIRO
Builder: Brooke Marine, Lowestoft, 1972; refitted by Launceston Marine Industries 1988; re-engineered in Fremantle 1994[1]
Launched: 1972
Acquired: 1988
Decommissioned: 2014
Identification:IMO number7113002, Lloyds Register 100A1 LMC UMS
Status: Sold 2014
General characteristics
Class and type: Oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 1,594 GT
Length: 66.1 m (216 ft 10 in)
Beam: 12.3 m (40 ft 4 in)
Draught: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: Escher WYSS, controllable pitch[1]
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) (cruising), 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) (maximum)
Range: 26 days at 11 knots

The RV Southern Surveyor was an Australian marine research vessel. It was owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), with its operations funded by the Australian Government to undertake oceanographic, geoscience, ecosystem and fisheries research.[2] It was built in the UK in 1972[1] and acquired by CSIRO in 1988. It was replaced in 2014 by the RV Investigator.


The ship has carried out 111 Marine National Facility research voyages in the course of which she has travelled 481,550 km. Achievements include the discovery of submarine volcanoes between Fiji and Samoa, the compilation of climate records from ancient corals, the production of a carbon chemistry map of the Great Barrier Reef, and the 2006 discovery of a 200 km diameter vortex in the waters above the Perth Canyon off the coast of Rottnest Island, Western Australia.[3]

In 2012 the Southern Surveyor confirmed the 'undiscovery' of Sandy Island.


  1. ^ a b c "Southern Surveyor Specifications". P&O Maritime. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  2. ^ "Southern Surveyor". Marine National Facility. CSIRO. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  3. ^ Griffiths, Brian & Sabto, Michele (2012-06-25). "Quiet on board please: science underway". ECOS (172).

Further reading[edit]

  • Veitch, Michael (2015). Southern Surveyor: Stories from onboard Australia's ocean research vessel. Clayton, Vic: CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 9781486302642.

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