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Small Research Vessel & Submarine Carrier for Sale

On offer is this custom designed and built submersible carrier that is kept in good condition and has an array of research and survey equipment installed besides the capacity to carry a submersible in a garage between her hulls. A second hand submersible is also available from different owners to complete the set.

General information:

Dimensions (m): 16.90 x 7.40 x 1.68

For sale from first owner

Construction year: 2008

Material: aluminium (Sealium 5383 H116)

Designer/Architect: Martin de Jager

Yard: Baan Yachtbouw, Den Helder/The Netherlands

Flag: Portugal

Location: Funchal/Madeira

Displacement: approx. 60 tons

Airdraft (approx.):10,2m with mast

5,3m lowered mast


DNV/GL Hull 100 A5

CE Certification: A

Bathymetric survey equipment:

ELAC Multibeam Sonar, SeaBeam 1050 & Hypack software

Coda Octopus F180 Motion Sensor

Klein 3000 Side Scan Sonar System with hydraulic winch and 2,200m cable

Marine Magnetics Magnetometer

Tracking/comms for diving vehicle:

USBL underwater tracking system LinkQuest 1500 HA with high power transponder

TN1510-AHR and Tracklink software

Underwater telephone (subphone 10 KHz)


Bauer Oceanus air compressor 330bar (1 from 2014/200h, 1 from 2021/20h)

Lifting gear:

10ton hydraulic crane for underwater vehicle (HOV, ROV, AUV)

Workshop including lathe, milling machine, tools and spares/materials.

Technical information:


2 x Vetus Deutz 170Hp(125kW),

2x electric engine control system

Enginerooms well maintained

Running hours (approx.):

port engine: 3100h

starboard: 2600h

2 x hydraulic bow thrusters 13kw each

1 x 8,5 KW Paguro generator 1,500 rpm, 230VAC for general power supply in working mode

1 x 18 KW Paguro generator 3,500 rpm, 380VAC for higher power supply (submarine battery and HP air charging, ROV, etc.).

Fuel: diesel

Fuel tanks (aluminium):

Forward tanks: 2 x 2740l

Aft tanks: 2 x 2640l

Day tanks: 2 x 370l

Hydraulik tank: 200l with temperature and level gauge

Cooling system: 2 x intercooling, wet exhaust

The vessel has served as a support vessel for submersible operations and as a base for camera teams. Work was done for ambitious landmark wildlife series such as the BBC´s Blue Planet II and Atlantic Series, Our Planet for Netflix, Hostile Planet, iTV´s Life at the Extreme, The Mating Game, and others.

She can also easily be used as a vessel for wreck search and recovery. The precision sidescan equipment allows for clean high res acoustic imagery up to 900m of depth. The powerful hydraulic winch is controlled with a joystick from the steering station at the bridge and has a controlling backup and also an electrical motor backup in case of winch failure.

Accommodation and galley:

2 double cabins, 1 toilet and 1 shower are located in each hull.

Cabins front: 2 x 3 m2; cabins aft: 2 x 2 4 m2.

Showers: 2 x 1 m2, heads: 2 x 1 m2.

The practical galley is located at the bridge and provides fridge, stove and micro wave.

A deepfreezer and an oven are available in the work area.

Fuller specifications and pictures available here.

Price: EUR 950,000

All details without guarantee

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