The increasing demand for Research Vessels capable to carry out offshore hydrographic, oceanographic or seismic missions is driven by the will of countries to assess the marine resources available in their Exclusive Economic Zone or farer. Such Oceanic Research Vessels are therefore polyvalent platforms integrating various types of scientific and survey equipment deployed from the vessel, towed or integrated onboard robots or unmanned systems. The Oceanic Research Vessels become systems of requiring a high level of integration for the safety, operability and efficiency of the campaigns at sea. MAURIC naval architects with their specific competences in systems integration have developed a range of Oceanic Research Vessels that can be customized to answer to your operational requirements.

Since our first design of scientific vessel, the Alcyon for Cousteau’s foundation in the eighties, the complexity of Oceanic Research Vessel and their equipment significantly increased. Our know-how for the design of tailor-made vessels based on sea-proven hull form perfectly fit with the request from state organization or scientific foundations for Oceanic Research Vessels. Our designs are based on sea-proven hull form technology allowing optimizing seakeeping performances, as for the Multi-mission 450 which benefits from the semi-SWATH hull form technology, providing exceptional seakeeping performances and improving the operability of the vessel and comfort on board. The launch and recovery of survey or scientific equipment is made easier and safer thanks to the limited motions and accelerations of the vessel in comparison with similar vessels of the same size. Manoeuvrability and Fuel consumption are also optimized for MAURIC Oceanic Research vessels, thanks to a choice of propulsion packages allowing Dynamic Positioning and Track-Keeping navigation.

Our vessel designs offer great flexibility for system integration. General arrangement of our designs can be customized to the number of crew and scientific personal to accommodate, to the type and surface of labs required and the type scientific equipment to operate from the vessel: side scan sonars, multibeam sonar, unmanned vehicles (USV, UAV, AUV) and ROV. Like for the other MAURIC solutions, special attention is paid to the ergonomics of the aft working deck and accommodation providing safety and comfort to the crew in working areas and in living quarters and wet and dry laboratories.

Our designs comply with all the international maritime regulations and can be adapted to specific acoustic regulations such as the ICES 206, thanks to special propulsion packages and adaptation of design. MAURIC sea-proven solutions for Oceanic Research Vessels offers great safety, flexibility and operability for optimizing your campaigns at sea.


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