In April of this year, Alpine acquired the 155’ R/V Minerva Uno, a RINA/SOLAS classed, purpose-built, ocean-going research vessel. After undergoing a thorough dry docking, it departed for the US and arrived in Tampa in August for its first project!
Adding this vessel to our fleet provides Alpine and its clients with a comfortable, safe and efficient survey platform with the unique capability of being able to conduct offshore operations while retaining the ability to access nearshore areas.
“We purchased the vessel specifically with the intent of meeting the high standards and logistical/geographical requirements of the burgeoning Offshore Wind Farm industry in the US”, says Robert Mecarini, President of Alpine. “We feel it meets these needs extremely well both from a technical and a price point perspective. What has surprised us is the demand we have seen for the vessel from other industries, including government clients. The vessel’s ability to work in deeper waters, with a variety of equipment, without the costs, and fuel consumption of larger vessels, is proving to be a winning combination.”
The 155’ Minerva is designed specifically for geophysical, hydrographic, and sampling (geotechnical/oceanographic/environmental) operations. It is capable of collecting geophysical/hydrographic data in up to 2500m of water and can conduct sampling operations in up to 4000m of water. It also features two dedicated labs, one for data acquisition and processing, and the other for geotechnical and environmental sample analysis. With DP1 capabilities, 30 day autonomy, and extensive equipment handling systems including multiple A-frames, cranes and winches, the R/V Minerva provides impressive mission capability and flexibility.
The Minerva can house up to 33 people in 17 spacious state rooms, each with full bathrooms. A dedicated infirmary, as well as conference and recreational areas round out the package.
Alpine encourages our clients to contact us for more information on the vessel and/or schedule a visit the next time the vessel makes a port call. You can find more information and a downloadable brochure on our website at http://www.alpineocean.com/vessels-equipment/vessels/.
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