Research Vessels (R/V's) and Cruises of the IMS - METU
IMS - METU Research Vessels (R/V's)
Institute owns three
research vessels: the 433 gross tons R/V Bilim-2, which is used
for ocean research including fisheries, and two smaller vessels of 16m length: the Lamas-1 and the Erdemli for daily trips in near shore
As a contribution to the history of
the institute, an initiative has been started to rescue, organize and publish
information about the cruises.
Finding complete 30 years old files
(and sometimes even not so old ones) was not easy and not always possible,
because some of them are missing.
Contribution of any readers to complete these data are welcome.
Detailed info about IMS METU cruises you can get at the Cruises Web Page of Activities section
R/V Bilim-2 (Bilim before 2006)
The Institute of Marine
Sciences' main research vessel Bilim was designed as an oceanographic vessel
and was launched in 1983. Steel hull, Length: 40.36 m, Beam: 9.47 m, Tonnage:
433 gross, 190 net tons, Draft: 3.80m, Speed: 11.5 knots max, 9.5 knots
cruising, 1.0 knot min, Range: 6500 miles, Propulsion: MWM diesel, 820 HP,
variable-pitch propeller, Schafran bridge control unit, fuel capacity 120 m3. A
Global Positioning System (GPS) is used for navigation. The vessel also has
conventional radar with 60 miles range. The ship has central partial air
conditioning and central heating.
The R/V Bilim-2 (Bilim before 2006) has quarters
for a crew of 12, and can support a scientific party of 14 for a period of about
45 days at sea.
Physical and chemical data
on board of the Bilim are obtained utilizing a Sea-Bird Model 9 CTD profiling
system together with a General Oceanics rosette sampler having 12 bottles of 5
liter volume. The CTD and the rosette are operated using a Lebus hydrographic
winch with a 2000m cable. For on-board analyses an automatic Winkler titration
system, an auto-analyzer, an in-situ spectrofluorometer, an irradiance meter as
well as other instruments are available.
The vessel is fully
equipped for fisheries and marine biological studies. Some of the major
equipments for these investigations are a Norlau hydraulic trawl winch of 7.5
tons and 2 X 1500m wire capacity, a hydraulic net winch of 6 ton capacity.
investigations are carried out using an EG&G Uniboom shallow seismic system,
side-scan sonars, and various corers. An underwater remotely operated camera
(Mini Rover Benthos MK II) is also utilized in sea floor surveys.
380v-220v AC power is
supplied by two 175 HP (each) MWM diesel generators which can be connected in
parallel if needed. 220v AC is supplied to the laboratories through a 10kVA
isolation transformer, and also by a 3kVA continuous power supply unit. One 12
Kw MWM diesel generator for emergency power supply is also available.
9x8 m2 lab
space is available on the main deck for analytical and wet labs, where chemical,
and nutrient analyses are carried out. A data-collection and processing room,
equipped with computers, IEEE-488 interface, A/D converters, parallel/serial
interfaces, accommodating deck units of various instruments, is located adjacent
to the labs. Biology, and optical labs, and small machine-shop are located below
- Lebus oceanographic winch (single drum 2000m
8mm wire capacity),
- Hydraulic trawl winch of 7.5 tons and 2x1500m
18mm steel wire capacity,
Hydraulic net winch, capacity 6m3 nets and 6
Telescopic winch, lifting capacity of 250kg at
10m boom length, rotation 360,
Double A-frame (multipurpose, 500kg and 8 tons)
and Communication Equipment
Satellite Navigation and Global Positioning
System (Magnovax MX 100),
Radar (DECCA RM 1226),
Auto-pilot (DECCA 757),
Gyrocompass repeaters (ARMA BROWN MK 10),
Telephones (VHF Scanti 64 channels, VHF
SHIPMATE RS 8000, VHF ICOM IC-M2 portable 88 channels),
Watch receiver WR 6000 (SCANTI-2182 kHz),
Citizen Band Transreceivers (COBRA),
Weather fax receiver (Navtex SAIT Electronic XH
Four UHF walkie-talkie units (Aselsan).
at the Institute for Communication with Research Vessels
SSB Transreceiver SAIT-ER 4250 (Transmitter T
5000, Receiver R 5000, Radio Telephone ER 4250),
VHF Radio Telephone (SAIT-ARCTOS 64 Channels).
Trawler, used mostly in
biological and fisheries surveys but also capable of oceanographic
investigations; wooden hull, built in 1981; 28 Gross tons, 7.65 Net tons; 12
knots max speed; length: 16 m; crew: 3; scientists: 4.
and Communication Equipment
JRC Fisheries echosounder (Fish finder) (50 &
Sentinel Workhorse ADCP (300kHz)
Wireless communication device.
Used extensively for
coastal oceanographic research. Wooden hull sail boat, built in 1979; 30 Gross
tons; 10 knots max speed; length: 17 m; crew: 4; scientists: 5; JRC Echosounder;