Tom Crean

Ireland's new state-of-the-art multi-purpose marine research vessel RV Tom Crean, was delivered in July 2022 and is used by the Marine Institute and other State agencies and universities to undertake fisheries research, oceanographic and environmental research, seabed mapping surveys, as well as maintaining and deploying weather buoys, observational infrastructure and Remotely Operated Vehicles.

Designed by Norwegian ship design consultants Skipsteknisk AS and built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A., the vessel will enable 300 operational days at sea each year, and up to 3000 scientist days per year.

The RV Tom Crean also enables the Marine Institute to continue to lead and support high quality scientific surveys that contribute to Ireland's position as a leader in marine science. The research vessel is a modern, multipurpose, silent vessel (designed to meet the stringent criteria of the ICES 209 noise standard for fisheries research), capable of operating in the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Tom Crean is able to go to sea for at least 21 days at a time and is designed to operate in harsh sea conditions. 

Vessel Specification Overview

Vessel Specification  Power 
Length Overall: 52.8 m Power Generation: 2 x 1350kw 1 x 400kw
Length PP 48m Main Propulsion Motor 2000 kw
Beam 14m Bow Thruster 780 kw
Draft 5.2M Stern Tunnel thruster 400 kw
Endurance  Other 
21 Days  DP1 Dynamic Positioning 
8000 nautical miles Capacity for 3 x 20ft Containers



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