The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has signed a new charter agreement with Rijkswaterstaat for the RV Cefas Endeavour.
RV Cefas Endeavour is a 74 meter multi-disciplinary research vessel equipped to support a range of activities including hydrographic surveys, environmental sampling, fish stock assessment, and the servicing of autonomous monitoring equipment.
The charter will take place in February 2016, Cefas spokesperson said in an email statement sent to Subsea World News.
During the time with Rijkswaterstaat, RV Cefas Endeavour will survey North Sea fisheries.
Commenting on the signing of the new charter, Cefas Commercial Director Steve Addison said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership again with the Government of the Netherlands, following the successful first charter of the RV Cefas Endeavour earlier this year.
“She will be deployed for 21 days in February to undertake a fisheries survey in the North Sea, and is ideally suited to this type of opportunity, as she is able to deploy a variety of commercial fishing gears in tandem with water column and seabed acoustic data acquisition. Cefas utilise the vessel to undertake these surveys on behalf of the UK Government, so we are well placed to assist other countries in similar survey activities.”