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Displaying resource: R.V. Serpula  

Available At: Heriot-Watt University

  • Resource classification: Vessel
  • Resource type: Research vessel
  • Centre or Unit: Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot-Watt University
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Telephone: +44 (0)131 451 4297
  • Contact Name: Dr. Dan Harries
  • Resource number: 1
  • Research Group:
  • Capabilities:

    RV Serpula, which is moored at its Loch Creran base is a 26.5 ft Kingfisher which has an eight ton displacement hull, driven by a 130 HP Perkins Sabre diesel engine, giving a cruising speed of 7-8 knots.

    The vessel is rigged for small otter and beam trawling, grabbing, coring, plankton sampling and diving. She is regularly used for drop-down video, ROV, sidescan sonar and AGDS surveying.

    She has a roomy forward wheelhouse incorporating chart table and seating for 4, a small forward cabin furnished with two berths and cooker and a large open working deck, 11.5 ft wide.

    She is fully compliant with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Code of Practice for Small Workboats and holds a Category 3 certificate, allowing use up to 20 miles from a safe haven. She can carry up to 10 crew/passengers.


    • Furuno differential GPS (ground station and EGNOS corrections)
    • Raymarine radar/plotter with C-Map chart system
    • Raymarine C120 plotter with Navionics Gold chart system
    • NMEA data stream for PCs
    • JRC colour fishfinder/log Forward-looking echosounder
    • Icom GMDSS-compliant VHF
    • ICS Navtex
    • Six 12 volt sockets

    Deck gear:

    • Aft gantry with derrick
    • Twin drum hydraulic winch
    • Electric anchor windlass
    • Deck wash
    • Diving ladder
  • Standards Or Accreditations: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Code of Practice for Small Workboats (Category 3)
  • Availability: Available
  • Status: Active
  • Context Of Use: Deployable in field – the boat, with skipper, is available for commercial contracts
  • Keywords:

    Serpula, research vessel, Heriot-Watt

  • Size: 8m
  • Manufacturer:
  • Date of Production: 01 January 1999
  • Engine Capacity: Perkins Sabre diesel engine (130 HP)
  • Length Beam: 3.5m
  • Tonnage: 8
  • Power: 12v
  • Speed: 8 knots
  • Machinery On board: Aft gantry with derrick; twin drum hydraulic winch; anchor windlass; deck wash; diving ladder
  • Personnel (No.Of Onboard Crew): 10
  • Further Information: Custom built research vehicle
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