RV Tangaroa is New Zealand’s only ice strengthened and dynamically positioned deep-water research vessel.
Equipped for ocean science, oil and gas exploration and marine engineering, Tangaroa provides a sophisticated environmental survey and ocean science platform throughout the South Pacific, Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
DP2 – dynamic position system
Fitted out with a Dynamic Positioning (DP2), Tangaroa can remain stationary or track a precise path, even in the often challenging Southern Ocean environment.
RV Tangaroa’s hull-mounted multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler
RV Tangaroa’s multibeam echosounder can survey the seabed to hydrographic quality. The sub-bottom profiler can produce high-resolution imagery of the geology up to 200m below the seabed.
Watch this video to see how Tangaroa's multibeam system is used for bathymetric (seabed) mapping:
Further specifications and principal features
The vessel is equipped with a range of modern and sophisticated equipment enabling sampling and measurements to be taken from the sea surface, through the water column to the seabed and below.
From the tropical waters of the pacific to the icy waters of Antarctica, read about RV Tangaroa's latest voyages.