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Science Operations on RSV Nuyina

The science operations room located on Deck 4 allows scientists onboard to monitor and coordinate scientific operations anywhere on the ship from one room. A wall of 18 screens enables operators and researchers to monitor many systems simultaneously. This information is also linked to the aft control room overseeing the science deck, and to the bridge to assist the officer of the watch to manoeuvre the ship during scientific activities.

The officer of the watch can manoeuvre the vessel at the touch of a joystick using RSV Nuyina’s dynamic positioning.

Dynamic Positioning

Six tunnel thrusters help the ship spin on a dime and hold a set position (dynamic positioning) with ± 20 m accuracy. Three thrusters at the bow and three at the stern each require 1,300 kW of electrical power for maximum thrust.

The thrusters will hold the ship in place during deployment of scientific equipment in a range of sea states, as well as during small boat deployment and cargo operations. The dynamic positioning can also be linked to the ultra-short baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system which enables RSV Nuyina to accurately track and lock position with deployed equipment such as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

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