Talk:Research vessel

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I'd like to make the listing of ships on this page more complete, but adding more entries will make organization more important. An even longer list than now exists will become unwieldy, it seems to me. For now I will start adding some vessels, creating stubs for those that don't already exist (especially for the US and France). It would be nice to have a systematic way to list, say, the ships currently in service and those that are decommisioned, and the operating institution (especially for the US which has many different oceanographic institutions). I don't have a good solution for this. Kjordahl 15:56, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Notice that USS and R/V and S/Y etc. should not be italicized; that's standard form. So, someone can perhaps change the typeface so that they're all correct, as my entries for Te Vega and Black Douglas are. Andarin 19:38, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Merging Survey ship into Research vessel[edit]

Please see Talk:Survey ship#Merging Survey ship for discussion on the proposed merge. --Kralizec! (talk) 15:15, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

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Revert Merge with Survey Vessels[edit]

The merge of Research vessel and Survey vessel was completely wrongly done. I can agree that research vessels is a type of survey vessels, but not all survey vessels are research vessels. There are loads of survey vessels contracted in the oil industry that take no part on research, but rather in inspection of installed submarine structures. Yearly inspection of pipelines are hardly research. --Skippern (talk) 02:47, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes, inspection vessels, used to examine underwater commercial structures for the oil industry, wouldn't belong in an article called research vessel. If that bothers you, perhaps you could write an article about them. Some time ago I wrote an article called examination vessel. These vessels were used in wartime to inspect ships wanting to enter a harbour.
I'm wondering why you feel so strongly that the article is misnamed. There is this book, now online, published by the oil industry, which lists the world's research vessels as "survey vessels". Perhaps the term survey vessel is used that way in the oil industry. You say on your user page that you are a professional mariner. I wonder if maybe you have skippered vessels in the oil industry? But the article on research vessels covers six categories of research vessels, and only one of those categories involves the oil industry. Incidently, that section needs filling in – perhaps you are in a position to do that.
I agree that the terms survey and research are used somewhat interchangeably in practice. However, if we use google.com as a pointer to general usage, there are 80,500 hit for "survey vessel" and 614,000 hits for "research vessel", which overwhelmingly favours the later. --Geronimo20 (talk) 05:19, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Oil exploration[edit]

Poor section. The most common method of exploration would be by Seismic Survey, from research Vessels or survey vessels towing vast arrays of sensors. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.137.63.170 (talk) 03:39, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

So, if you have some background in the area, be bold and add what you believe should be in the article. Try and include reliable sources if you can locate them. --Epipelagic (talk) 04:01, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

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