Research Vessel

RV Islândia is a small fishing vessel for pelagic and bottom trawls, built in 1993 in Iceland. In 1994 it was donated to the Cape Verdean government and now under INDP's responsibility. Islândia today serves as an oceanographic platform to conduct field campaigns in the tropical Northeast Atlantic and the monthly sampling at the Cape Verde Ocean Observatory. In a joint effort of INDP and GEOMAR, the vessel received a moderate refit between 2006 and 2008 including the installation of two oceanographic winches, a starboard J-frame and a 10-feet laboratory container. Technicians at the INDP are in charge of the regular sampling at the CVOO site and maintenance of scientific equipment on board. For day trips, Islandia provides capacity for up to 9 scientists, for several-day trips with overnight stay, accommodation on board is available for up to 5 persons. On board you’ll find a dinner room, kitchen, two bedrooms fresh water supply and a small laboratory. It can stay up to two weeks away from shore for field campaigns.

R/V Islândia - Onboard Capabilities:

  • CTD rosette for water profiling & sampling (600 m depth rating)
  • Small-net plankton sampling
  • HydroBios MultiNet
  • J-frame for deployment of instruments over the side
  • Fixed A-frame aft for towing and deployment of small instrument
  • Crane for lifting of gear on working deck
  • Small Lab room and additonal 10-feet lab container
  • Small zodiac (~ 4 m) with engine
  • Deployment and recovery of autonomous platforms (e.g. glider, floats etc.)
  • Echosounder EK80

The CTD has the following sensors:

  • Sea-Bird SBE 32 (12 niskins, 5L)
  • Sea-Bird SBE 19plus (CTD)
  • Sea-Bird SBE 33 (deck unit)
  • Sea_Bird SBE 5T (pump)
  • Sea-Bird SBE 43 (oxygen)
  • Biospherical QSP-2350 (PAR)
  • Biospherical QSP-2200 (PAR deck)
  • WETLabs ECO FLNTURT (fluorescence/turbidity)