© Mike JacksonMV Vigilant, Past and Present

MV Vigilant

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow Ltd) (Yard No 487) as a Fishery Patrol Vessel

Technical Data

  • Cost New: $10,021,718
  • Length: 71.40 m (overall) 64.01 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 11.71 m
  • Depth: 7.40 m
  • Draught: 4.760 m
  • Tonnage: 1,190 – 1,365 gross/270 – 409 net/388 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Vee Oil 4SA 12-cylinder Ruston diesels
  • Power: 4149 kW/5,640 HP
  • Speed: 10.7 knots (cruising) 14 knots (service)
  • Berths: 28
  • Decks: 2
  • Endurance: 28 days (max)
  • Capability: Integrated geophysical and environmental surveys. Sub-bottom profiler and digital SSS. Depth capability down to approx 2,000m
  • Call Sign: GCML, PBNX
  • IMO Number: 8027406
  • MMSI Number: 244891000
  • Official Number: 398718
  • Port of Registry: Leith/United Kingdom, Den Helder/Netherlands

Current Location

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September 1992: Completed as VIGILANT for Government of The United Kingdom (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, MAFF)

2001: Registered Owner: Scotland Govt, Scotland Mins.

July 14th 2008: Sold to Gardline Geosurvey Ltd. For use as a Survey/Research vessel.

October 2nd 2008: Registered Owner: Tranship BV, Netherlands.

November 26th 2009: Registered Owner: Vigilant Ship Service Bv.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (Gt Yarmouth 17/03/2010)

2010: Converted to survey vessel.

2012: Refit and repair at Shipdock Harlingen.

Regarding the job, Shipdock’s project manager Michel Heerschop explained: “Beside a general inspection and some welding and piping work, we were faced with a couple of seriously big jobs. Both propeller-shafts had to be dismounted in order to overhaul the sealing gaskets. Leading eventually to a standard check where one of the shafts is completely removed and thoroughly inspected. The propeller blades were also repaired. In addition, one of the rudder bearings, consisting of two supporting cones, had to be replaced; due to the bearings size this necessitated cutting a large hole in the deck to provide access.” (subseaworldnews)

July 12th 2013: Registered Operator: Gardline Holding, Netherlands.

© John White

© John White

© Erwin Willemse  © Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (2015)

© John White

© John White (Gt Yarmouth 12/06/2016)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Mike Jackson, Ken Lubi, John White, Erwin Willemse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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