RV Tangaroa

New Zealand’s only deepwater research vessel, which has recently had a $24 million upgrade to enhance its ocean science, oil and gas exploration and marine engineering capabilities.

  • New Zealand’s only vessel with DP2 dynamic positioning.
  • New Zealand’s only ice-strengthened research ship.
  • Well-equipped for a wide range of environmental survey and ocean science work, including fisheries surveys.
  • Works throughout the South Pacific, Southern Ocean, and Antarctica.

Find out more about the dynamic positioning system (DP2)

View detailed specifications & principal features

For more information about Tangaroa's capabilities, email Greg Foothead.
greg.foothead@niwa.co.nz 

Tangoroa's Dynamic Positioning System - how does it work? Watch the video below:  

Watch this video to see how Tangaroa's multibeam system is used for bathymetric (seabed) mapping:

Voyages

Tangaroa’s first voyage after the upgrade was a Chatham Rise trawl survey, which started on 1 January 2011.

Other recent voyages include:

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NIWA’s deepwater research vessel RV Tangaroa during one of its ten voyages to Antarctica. [NIWA]

RV Tangaroa returns to Wellington after an extensive upgrade,including...

RV Tangaroa returns to Wellington after an extensive upgrade,including the installation of DP2 dynamic positioning capabilities.

RV Tangaroa

RV Tangaroa. Photo: Dave Allen, NIWA

RV Tangaroa

RV Tangaroa. Photo: Dave Allen, NIWA