Past and PresentResearch Vessel

MV Fugro Mercator – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9299977

MV Fugro Mercator

Ex Meridian

© Robbie Cox

Fugro Mercator – © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 15/05/2021)

Aluminium twin Azimuth motor vessel built in 2003 by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, Hardinxveld Giessendam. The Netherlands (Yard No 1548) as Multi-purpose shallow water and continental shelf survey catamaran vessel.

Technical Data

  •  • Length: 42.35 m (overall) 39.69 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 10.10 m (Moulded) 10.34 (Extreme)
    Depth: 2.90 m
    Draught: 1.40 m
    Tonnage: 360 gross/108 net/67t deadweight
    Engines: (2) x 4T 6 – cylinder MAN 2876 LE 402 diesel engines
    Power: 750 kW/1020 bHP
    Speed: 12.5 knots (Cruise)
    Handling equipment and winches:
    •        1 x Crane Palfinger PK 14080MC – SWL 13,4 t knuckleboom
    •        A-Frame: 5,00m (h) x 4,20 m (w) – SWL 6 t SWL w/6 t winch
    •        1 x Front Support Crane – SWL 0,5 t
    •        Survey: 1 x winch 3.000 m tow-cable
    •        Coring: 1 x winch 250 m
    •        Constant tension winch for wreck-sweep surveys
    •        Twistlock facility to install optional winches and small containers
    Capacity: 18 persons
    Call Sign: ZDJC9, C6DU5
    MMSI Number: 311000786
    IMO Number: 9299977
    • Register Number: 32924P
    Port of Registry: Bremen/Germany 🇩🇪,  Gibraltar/Gibraltar 🇬🇮, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸

Current AIS Location

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November 21st 2002: Keel laid.

August 16th 2003: Launched.

October 17th 2003: Completed as MERIDIAN for Owner/Manager: Fugro Osae G.m.b.H..

Meridian – © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 14/06/2006)

Meridian – © Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 16/08/2009)

2018: Renamed FUGRO MERCATOR for Owner: Kika Shipping B.V.. Manager: Fugro Marine Services B.V.. Veurse Achterweg 10. 2260 AB Leidschendam The Netherlands.

© Robbie Cox © Robbie Cox

Fugro Mercator – © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 15/05/2021)

May 23rd 2022: Due at Dover.

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: Robbie Cox and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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