Research Vessel Prince Madog

State-of-the-art, purpose built research vessel commissioned by Bangor University using a £2.8 million Joint Infrastructure Fund grant. Managed and operated by P&O Maritime Services, delivered and in service July 2001.

The vessel enables the UK's marine scientists to study the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of our seas. Designed to take up to ten scientists and 20 students.  The School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor and other university departments in the UK also use the vessel as a teaching platform, training the next generation of marine scientists.

Full details and specifications

Prince Madog (P&O Maritime Services)

  • Build Number 3485
  • Gross Tonnes 390 tonnes
  • Length Overall 34.9m
  • Breadth Moulded 8.5m
  • Draft max 3.5m
  • Endurance 10 days between ports
  • Scientific Berths 10
  • Crew 8
  • Constructed Visser, 2001
  • Design Speed 10.5 knots
  • Actual Speed 12 knots
  • Propulsion 1080kW
  • Bow Thruster 150kW


  • Reson 7125 dual frequency (200 kHz and 400 kHz) SeaBat Multi-beam system.
  • Teledyne RD Instruments (RDI) Acoustic Doppler Current Profiling system 300 kHz
  • Simrad HPR-410P Hydroacoustic Positioning reference system
  • Simrad EK60 Scientific echosounder 120kHz and 38kHz split beam transducers
  • Underway sampling and meteorological package
  • Water purification system
  • Walker Marine Aquaprobe speedlog
  • Trimble DGPS 12 channel receiver
  • Scientific Fridge and Freezer
  • Seabird SBE 911plus CTD with SBE32 water sampler
  • CTD cable
  • 1000m Hydrographic winch

About the RV 'Prince Madog'

Telephone +44 (0)1248 382902
Satellite phone: 00870 323523411


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