James Cook

Type of vessel:  Oceanographic
Design:  ST-345

89.2 m Oceanographic Research Vessel for owner NERC, U.K.


"James Cook", designated ST-345, was built at Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk AS, Norway, yard no. 185 for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom. It was delivered in August 2006.

The vessel is noise reduced according to ICEC Cooperative Research Report no. 209-Underwater Noise of Research Vessels, and is outfitted and prepared mainly for the following duties:

  • Single & multibeam echosounder surveys
  • Integrated data logging
  • Seismic surveys
  • Clean seawater sampling
  • ROV operations
  • CTD surveys
  • Deepwater coring and trawling/towing

Main Characteristics

Length over all  89.20 m
Length between p.p.  78.00 m
Breadth moulded  18.60 m
Depth to Main deck  6.70 m
Depth to Upr. deck  9.50 m
Design loadline  5.60 m
Gross tonnage  5368 tons
Speed  16 knots
Accommodation  54 pers + hospital
IMO  9338242