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Australian research vessel ‘Investigator’ visits Fiji

Today Australia’s new marine research vessel, Investigator, will visit Fiji on its first ever port of call, making a one-day stop in Lautoka to resupply. In a statement, the Australian High Commission states that since the ship was commissioned in 2014, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has operated Investigator to provide the […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 30, 2016 9:52 am

Today Australia’s new marine research vessel, Investigator, will visit Fiji on its first ever port of call, making a one-day stop in Lautoka to resupply.

The 'Investigator' is a 93.9-metre purpose-built research vessel, capable of travelling 60,000 nautical miles in a single voyage, carrying up to 40 scientists and support staff, from the equator to the Antarctic ice-edge. The $120 million ship was completed in 2014, and will support atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geoscience research. (CSIRO)
The ‘Investigator’ is a 93.9-metre purpose-built research vessel, capable of travelling 60,000 nautical miles in a single voyage, carrying up to 40 scientists and support staff, from the equator to the Antarctic ice-edge. The $120 million ship was completed in 2014, and will support atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geoscience research. (CSIRO)

In a statement, the Australian High Commission states that since the ship was commissioned in 2014, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has operated Investigator to provide the Pacific with a world-class oceanic and atmospheric research vessel.

The Investigator has an extensive range of scientific equipment on board and is able to study the deepest parts of the region’s oceans.

The research being conducted on the ship’s current voyage has involved analysing over 5,000 ocean water samples at depths of up to 6,000 meters as part of an international program to monitor long-term changes in the environment.

This data helps identify the ocean’s role in climate variability and change, and sea level rise – information vital to Australia and neighboring Pacific islands.

Investigator left Hobart, Australia on Monday 25 April for its current voyage. The vessel’s research on this voyage has taken it from the edge of the Antarctic sea ice to the equator and it is due back in Hobart on Thursday 14 July.

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