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Posted 21.12.98

HV Fox  A survey ship
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LOA 57.7 m       Breadth 11.4 m
Depth (M) 6 m      Draft (AP) 3.825 m
GT 1022                      NT 306
Built by Brooke Marine in 1968 (Rebuilt 1998)

HV Fox was built as a unit of the Fox class Hydrographic Survey Ships for the Royal Navy, and was purchased by the present owner for further duty.

The ship was subsequently modernised and converted to commercial class. This conversion included an upgrade of accommodation and provision of enhanced propulsion and positioning facilities.

She is equipped to conduct high resolution and general survey duties
and is capable of world wide operations.


Port of registry : Hull

Classification : Lloyds 100A1+ LMC DTp Class VII

Speed : 16 knots (12 knots service)

Range : 4500 Nm at service speed

Duration : 3 months

Displacement : 1134 tonnes

Fuel capacity : 139 tons

Fresh water capacity : 52 tons + Reverse osmosis plant capacity at 5 tons per day

Accommodation : 30 + LSA 37     Crew :12

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Machinery and Control

Main Engine : 4 x Lister Blackstone ERS8M Turbo charged diesels, each developing 660hp at 750 rpm. All engines resiliently mounted .

Main Propulsion : 4 diesel engines are geared to two shafts driving OP propellers.

Bow thrust machinery : Ulstein Transverse Tunnel bow thruster. Independent diesel drive. Cummins engine 500hp via Ulstein gear box.

Control System : Mechanical chain drive/ Hydraulic main engine controls, additional bridge wing controls. Bow thruster electronically controlled . Automatic pilot.

Generators : 4 x Lister Blackstone ERS4M producing 180 kW all resiliently mounted. Emergency unit is a Lister ha6ma 36 KVA brush generator.

Power supplies : 440v 3 phase 60 Hz. Clean laboratory supplies + UPS

Work boats : 2 x 6m RIBs Northcraft with twin 60 hp engines

Handling Facilities : 1 x TICO crane and 1 HIAS crane for boat launching and general use. Hydraulic 'A' frame 8 ton SWL

Laboratories: Main Survey Hydrographic office is 6.7m x 6.7m with adjacent work areas and access to aft deck, transducers are fitted. After survey office is 36 sq.m.

Navigational outfit : 2 x Furuno radars FR1510DA, 1 x FR2110 with ARP, Arma Brown gyra. KH echo sounder + Microtechnica Polar 10 MkII gyro. 2 x GPS (Furuno) Robertson Autopilot + Cetrek 9000, chernikeefe log, Furuno weatherfax, Furuno D Fax 208-A. Koden DF KS500A, Airband Narco 120 150 . Colour plotter CV3500.

Communications : 2 x VHF (Sailor RII44C and Standard G2310UK) Skanif HF/MF TxRx, Furuno Felcom BCA, Inmarsat B phone/fax/telex. Radio telex Thrane and Thrane. 2 x Furuno FS 1550 MF/HF transceivers.


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