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Photographer:Michael Van Bosch [View profile]Title:BNS BELGICA A962Added:Jun 30, 2006
Photo Category: Auxiliaries
Arriving at Ostend with my dad on board...
The ship was commissioned in 1984 by Her Majesty Queen Fabiola. It measures 50.90 m x 10.00 m x 5.70 . Gross/net registered tonnage is 765t/232t. Its main purpose is to monitor the North Sea marine environment by collecting all sorts of data on the biological, chemical, physical, geological and hydrodynamic processes which take place there. The ship operates as a fully equipped laboratory with Belgian university / scientific institute researchers analysing the collected materials.

The ship also has an important task in montiring the North Sea in case of a large oil spills. It feeds the data back to the MUMM, which will calculate the probable extent and impact of the spill on the environment.

Belgica is equipped with 5 specific laboratories:
1.Fish-lab: equipped to sort and ditect fish.
2.Lab for microbiology : with 2 breedingovens, furnace and an air-purificationcloset.
3.Lab for chemistry : with, amongst others, an automatic chain for the analyses of nutrients.
4.Biological lab
5.General lab:to collect and distribute samples.

The layout of the scientific labs as well as of the bridge allows several teams to install their equipment is such a manner that Belgica can quickly be transformed into a specialized floating scientific laboratory.
Belgica is also equipped with a computer network to correlate oceanographical data (ODAS). This is a data processing system which stores all kinds of information, such as position, heading, speed seawatertemperature, salinity, etc... It can also reproduce in real-time this data in the form of lists, graphs or charts.
Vessel Identification
Pennant no.:A962
Technical Data
Vessel type:Fishery Research Vessel
Gross tonnage:774 tons
Summer DWT:359 tons
Length:51 m
Beam:10 m
Draught:4.7 m

Additional Information
Home port:Oostend
Class society:Germanischer Lloyd
Build year:1984
AIS Information
Last known position:
51°20’9.94” N, 3°11’55.14” E
Speed, course (heading):
0kts, 248° (214°)
Arrival:13th Jul 2018
12:00:34 UTC
Last update:
32 minutes 57 seconds ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 July 13th, 12:00:34 UTCZeebrugge
2018 June 26th, 12:00:57 UTCVisby
2018 June 19th, 18:30:53 UTCZeebrugge
2018 June 5th, 17:00:32 UTCPlassendale
2018 June 4th, 09:00:36 UTCZeebrugge
2018 April 20th, 14:00:41 UTCZeebrugge
2018 March 12th, 20:00:57 UTCAntwerpen
2018 March 9th, 14:00:41 UTCZeebrugge
2013 June 24th, 09:30:32 UTCZeebrugge
2012 May 31st, 17:00:49 UTCCork
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