Our research vessels

The BDRI research vessels meet the range, endurance, and technical requirements to support marine biology and oceanographic research along the North-western coast of Spain. With the highest safety standards and state-of-the-art equipment, our vessels are fully equipped for in-depth marine mammal science. The BDRI research vessels are located at the harbour of O Grove, which is a 10-minute walk from the BDRI research lab.


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Tyba III

The Tyba III is a Princess 37 V Hull (11 m long), the first Princess flybridge motor yacht to be built with high performance inboard diesel Volvo 240Hp engines. In 2013 the BDRI acquired this vessel and converted it into a vessel fit for marine research in coastal and waters along the continental shelf. The vessel is solely owned by the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute and its name comes from an Arabic word meaning “good”, “pure”. Since its arrival to O Grove in April 2014, Tyba III has been used to study the distribution of marine mammals, marine birds, and other megafauna along Galician waters; to test and deploy new instruments, such as a drone to study cetacean behaviour; to identify dolphins and whales, and to provide an introduction to field research sampling techniques for undergraduate and graduate students.

 

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Tyba III is a very well-regarded sea boat with good economy and sensible cruising speed thanks to its planing hull. Thanks to the folding radar arch it is also well suited to exploring inland waterways or Galician rías, making it a perfect candidate for long term research surveys. Tyba III has  5 berths in 3 cabins with a bathroom and laboratory room included. The boat is equipped with a GPS plotter, radar, echo-sounder and, thanks to the cooperation with scientists from the Marine Research Institute (IIM) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), it also  equipped with an oceanographic station with water samplers for the measurement of nutrients, pollutants, oxygen, chlorophyll, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, pH, conductivity plankton net, Secchi disk, and more, used by BDRI scientists to conduct oceanographic surveys. Tyba III can accommodate up to 12 people for day trips.

 

 

Additionally, the vessel is equipped with VHF, compass, two way radios, mobile phone, lifejackets, first-aid kit, flashlights, flares and smoke signals, navigation lights, bell, life-rings, fire extinguishers, anchor, nautical charts, radio-stereo, water pumps and a number of other safety devices. The research vessel meets all safety and inspection standards required by the Spanish Government and Coast Guard.

 

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Benur

Benur is a 5.5 m rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) that serves our research team to carry out research surveys along the coastal waters of the Ría of Arousa. The high-performance, high/speed (up to 40 knots), and high-capacity (up to 9 people) make this vessel adequate for research surveys close to shore and bioacoustic research. This vessel is equipped with a sonar, GPS, surface water thermometer, anemometer, Secchi disk, compass, refractometer, pH meter, binoculars, digital time recorders, stationary hydrophone with a professional digital recorder, headphones, loudspeakers, photographic and video equipment both for the surface and underwater.

 

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Additionally, the vessel is equipped with a compass, mobile phone, lifejackets, first-aid kit, flashlights, flares and smoke signals, navigation lights, anchor, nautical charts, water pump and a number of other safety devices. The research vessel meets all safety and inspection standards required by the Spanish Government and Coast Guard.


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