Marine Research Vessels

Ireland has two marine research vessels, the RV Celtic Explorer and the RV Celtic Voyager

The RV Celtic Explorer is 65.5m long and is equipped with large wet and dry laboratories. The vessel can accommodate 35 personnel, including up to 22 scientists. The RV Celtic Explorer is used for fisheries and oceanography research, seabed mapping, climate studies and data buoy maintenance. The vessel can stay at sea for up to 35 consecutive days and is at sea for about 300 days every year.

Discover more about the Marine Institute's research vessels through our virtual tour, videos, fact sheet and colouring activity.