RRS Discovery (1962)

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RRS Discovery
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Name: RRS Discovery
Owner: NERC National Marine Facilities Division
Builder: Hall Russell, Aberdeen[1]
Yard number: 899[1]
Laid down: 1962
Launched: 21 March 1962

IMO Number: 5090660[2]
MMSI Number: 233882000[2]

Call Sign: GLNE[2]
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Royal Research Ship
DTp VII, Lloyds 100A1
Tonnage: 3008 tonnes (gross)[1]
Displacement: 4378 tonnes
Length: 90.0 m[2]
Beam: 14.0 m[2]
Draught: 5.52 m (full load)
Depth: 7.83 m[1]
Installed power: 3716 kW
Propulsion: Diesel electric system with 2 × Mirrlees Blackstone ESL6 and 2 × Mirrlees Blackstone ELS9 Mk2 diesels driving a propulsion motor. 360° Azimuthing Bow Thruster unit
Speed: 11.0 knots (max: 12.5 knots)
Endurance: 55 days
Crew: 9 Officers; 13 Crew; 28 Scientists

RRS Discovery is a British Royal Research Ship operated by NERC.

RRS Discovery was built in Aberdeen in 1962 and named after Robert Falcon Scott's 1901 ship, RRS Discovery. Until 2006, she was the largest general purpose oceanographic research vessel in use in the United Kingdom. Measuring 90 metres in length, and fitted with a broad range of oceanographic equipment, Discovery can also accommodate containerised laboratories. She has berths for 28 scientific staff, and the ability to spend up to 45 days at sea.[3] Her last major overhaul was in 1991,[4] when a new superstructure and power plant were installed and her hull lengthened by 10 metres.[citation needed]

Discovery carries out oceanographic and marine biology research from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. She operates as part of a fleet maintained by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) National Marine Facilities Division (NMFD), along with the larger RRS James Cook.

Discovery is due to be replaced by another ship,[5] and after extensive enquiry within the scientific community, the replacement vessel will be named "Discovery".[6] The existing vessel will retain the name until shortly before, or at, disposal. It has been designed by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway and will be built in Spain by C.N.P. Freire, S.A in 2013



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Discovery". Vessel Assessment System. http://www.xvas.it/SPECIAL/VTship.php?imo=5090660&mode=CK. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "RRS Discovery (IMO: 5090660)". Vessel Tracker. http://www.vesseltracker.com/en/Ships/Rrs-Discovery-5090660.html. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. "RRS Discovery". Natural Environment Research Council. http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/facilities/marine/discovery.asp. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  4. "RRS Discovery". Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology. http://www.marine.gov.uk/discovery.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. "Tenth Report". House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/470/47008.htm. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  6. confirmed by Alan Thorpe, NERC Chief Executive

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