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Operating and managing the research vessel Natsushima

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  The research vessel Natsushima is a marine survey vessel whose features include the 3,000-meter-class remotely operated vehicle Hyper Dolphin and Deep Tow, a deep ocean-floor survey system. The Natsushima was formerly the support vessel for the manned research submersible Shinkai 2000 until that vehicle was retired and replaced by the Shinkai 6500.
The Natsushima has performed many marine surveys, including surveys that have discovered wrecked ships.
Nippon Marine Enterprises was commissioned to operate and manage the Natsushima in 1980.

Research vessel Natsushima Research vessel Natsushima
Research vessel Natsushima Research vessel Natsushima
Research vessel Natsushima Research vessel Natsushima

Overall length: 67.4 m
Beam: 13.0 m
Height: 6.3 m
Draft: 3.6 m
Gross tonnage: 1,739 tons
Cruising speed: Approximately 10 knots
Range: Approximately 10,800 miles
Accommodation: 55 (37 crew and 18 researchers)
Completion: 1981
Port of registry: Yokosuka
Building dock: Kobe factory of Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation

Click here to see a photo gallery of the research vessel Natsushima.
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