RRS "Discovery"

Type of vessel:  Oceanographic
Design:  ST-344

99.7 m Oceanographic Research Vessel for NERC, U.K.


"Discovery", designated ST-344, is an Oceanographic Research Vessel built C.N.P Freire A.S, Spain, yard no. 704 for owner National Environment Research Council (NERC), U.K. It was elivered in in 2013.

The vessel is outfitted and prepared mainly for the following duties:

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

Main Characteristics

Length over all  99.70 m
Length between p.p.  88.80 m
Breadth moulded  18.00 m
Depth to Main deck  7.40 m
Depth to upper deck  10.20 m
Design loadline, SWL  6.50 m
Deadweight  approx. 1900 tons
Net tonnage  1782 tons
Gross tonnage  5941 tons
Speed  15 knots
Accommodation  52 pers + hospital