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Vessel

In the spring of 2002, the Tjaernoe Marine Biological Laboratory and the Tjaernoe Centre for Underwater Documentation (CUD) aquired a new boat, the R/V Lophelia, specially equipped for mapping and documentation of marine benthic environments. The boat was financed through a generous donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The boat is just under 12 m long and equipped with two Deutz 340 HP marine diesels and jet propulsion, giving a cruising speed of 24 knots. Tailormade installations for operation of ROV:s and acoustic equipment for bottom discrimination and underwater positioning provide a highly efficient new tool for benthic habitat mapping.

 
 
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