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Research Vessel Tom Crean
In her first year of operation, RV Tom Crean completed 296 survey days, welcoming 177 scientists across 20 surveys, totalling 2,060 scientist days
The RV Tom Crean, Ireland's cutting-edge research vessel, proudly celebrates its one-year anniversary since its arrival in Galway on July 18, 2022. During this eventful year, the vessel accomplished significant milestones. It completed 296 survey days, welcoming 177 scientists across…
RV Tom Crean at sea
PSE Kinsale Energy Limited will be carrying out pipeline and debris clearance surveys commencing on or around Friday 17 February, weather depending. The approximately 10 days of surveys will take place along the routes of decommissioned — but remaining in-situ…
Cathal O’Donnell of UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems runs through checks on ROV Étaín before the launch of the €2-million SFI-funded underwater robot at Shannon Foynes Port Company dock in Limerick city in April 2018
Research survey TC22017 will be carried out in the Irish Sea in the vicinity of the Kish Bank Lighthouse by the University of Limerick (UL) in collaboration with the Marine Institute from this Sunday 11 to Friday 16 December, subject…
The research vessel Tom Crean in port
Research survey TC22016 will be carried out in the southern Irish Sea off the Wexford/Wicklow coast by University College Dublin from next Wednesday 30 November to Friday 9 December, subject to weather and operational constraints. The aim of this research…
Two children on the shore watch the RV Tom Crean enter Galway Harbour
The Marine Institute, alongside the Explorers Education Programme, will be showcasing the new RV Tom Crean and its work in marine science at the 2022 Galway Science and Technology Festival this weekend. Families are invited to the Bailey Allen Hall…
The RV Tom Crean features on RTÉ Nationwide this Monday, 7th November on RTÉ One at 7p
Ireland’s newest national marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, will feature on RTÉ Nationwide on Monday, 7th November, at 7 pm on RTÉ One. Ireland’s latest marine research vessel is named the RV Tom Crean after the legendary Irish…
President Higgins with his wife Sabina, President de Sousa and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue on board Ireland’s new state of the art research vessel RV Tom Crean in Dublin Port
The Marine Institute was delighted to welcome the Presidents of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on a visit to the newly commissioned research vessel RV Tom Crean berthed in Dublin’s docklands. President de Sousa is…
Subject to weather, the Marine Institute's newbuild RV Tom Crean is scheduled to make its maiden port of call to Dublin Port this evening at around 19.30hrs (19 October). The first arrival of the €25m newbuild to the capitol at a berth on Sir John Rogerson's Quay. The new ship in July made its maiden delivery voyage from Spain and is seen above in the far calmer seas of Galway Bay.
Following a commissioning and naming ceremony of RV Tom Crean in Dingle Harbour, Co. Kerry, Ireland's newest research vessel made its maiden port of call to Dublin Port this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore The Marine Institute's state-of-the-art multi-purpose €25m newbuild…
At the launch of the Tom Crean RV in Dingle From Left: Ministers of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, Lachlann Scharf, 13, from Donegal, and Kate Heneghan, 14, from Kerry and Minister for Education, Norma Foley T.D
Mr Charlie McConalogue T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today formally commissioned Ireland’s new marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, at an event in Dingle. Minister Mc Conalogue said: “Ireland's ocean is vital to our economy, our…
New marine research ship to be named in a ceremony held in Dingle
RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s newest marine research vessel named after the Kerry explorer will be officially commissioned in Dingle next month, reports RadioKerry. At almost 53-metres RV Tom Crean will be used (by the Marine Institute) for ocean surveys, fishery,…
A first for the Marine Institute fleet, as Ireland’s latest research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, is berthed also with the RV CelticExplorer at their homeport of Galway. The RV Celtic Explorer has just returned from conducting research at sea, while this week, the RV Tom Crean has embarked on its first-ever research expedition
P&O Maritime Logistics which is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will through its Irish office in Galway, provide full-service management of the Marine Institute’s new state-of-the-art research vessel, RV Tom Crean, on behalf of client the Marine Institute with…
The Marine Institute's newest research vessel the RV Tom Crean arrives into Galway
The Marine Institute's newest research vessel the RV Tom Crean has completed its delivery voyage from a Spanish shipyard to Ireland, having arrived this morning to dock in the Port of Galway. RV Tom Crean which cost €25m will remain…
RV Tom Crean was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday in Spain on Friday 8 July
The Marine Institute has shared a video documenting the key milestones in the build of Ireland’s new marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean. Delivered on time and on budget, the €25 million vessel was officially handed over to the…
The sparkling new Irish Research Vessel Tom Crean departs from the builders in northwest Spain tomorrow (Friday) to make her base and home port in Galway
The new pride of the Marine Institute's Research Flotilla, the R/V Tom Crean, will depart her builders at Bouzas near Vigo in northwest Spain tomorrow (Friday), on her way to a deservedly warm welcome in Galway and the western-based Marine…
RV Tom Crean was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday in Spain
Ireland's new Research Vessel Tom Crean in Vigo, Spain, was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday and the Irish flag raised. The new state-of-the-art Ship leaves Vigo for its new home port of Galway next week. Dr Paul…
The new Irish Marine Research Vessel Tom Crean pictured in May 2022 will be delivered to Galway in the Autumn
It is “on time and on budget”. That’s the Marine Institute’s new 25 million euro research ship, RV Tom Crean, due for delivery this autumn. Named after the Kerry polar explorer who worked with both Ernest Shackleton and Sir Robert Scott,…

Marine Institute Research Vessel Tom Crean

Ireland’s new marine research vessel will be named the RV Tom Crean after the renowned County Kerry seaman and explorer who undertook three major groundbreaking expeditions to the Antarctic in the early years of the 20th Century which sought to increase scientific knowledge and to explore unreached areas of the world, at that time.

Ireland's new multi-purpose marine research vessel RV Tom Crean, was delivered in July 2022 and will be used by the Marine Institute and other State agencies and universities to undertake fisheries research, oceanographic and environmental research, seabed mapping surveys; as well as maintaining and deploying weather buoys, observational infrastructure and Remotely Operated Vehicles.

The RV Tom Crean will also enable the Marine Institute to continue to lead and support high-quality scientific surveys that contribute to Ireland's position as a leader in marine science. The research vessel is a modern, multipurpose, silent vessel (designed to meet the stringent criteria of the ICES 209 noise standard for fisheries research), capable of operating in the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Tom Crean is able to go to sea for at least 21 days at a time and is designed to operate in harsh sea conditions.

RV Tom Crean Specification Overview

  • Length Overall: 52.8 m
  • Beam 14m
  • Draft 5.2M 


  • Main Propulsion Motor 2000 kw
  • Bow Thruster 780 kw
  • Tunnel thruster 400 kw


  • Endurance  21 Days
  • Range of 8,000 nautical miles
  • DP1 Dynamic Positioning
  • Capacity for 3 x 20ft Containers

Irish Marine Research activities

The new state-of-the-art multi-purpose marine research vessel will carry out a wide range of marine research activities, including vital fisheries, climate change-related research, seabed mapping and oceanography.

The new 52.8-metre modern research vessel, which will replace the 31-metre RV Celtic Voyager, has been commissioned with funding provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine approved by the Government of Ireland.

According to Aodhán FitzGerald, Research Vessel Manager of the MI, the RV Tom Crean will feature an articulated boom crane aft (6t@ 10m, 3T@ 15m), located on the aft-gantry. This will be largely used for loading science equipment and net and equipment handling offshore.

Mounted at the stern is a 10T A-frame aft which can articulate through 170 degrees which are for deploying and recovering large science equipment such as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV’s), towed sleds and for fishing operations.

In addition the fitting of an 8 Ton starboard side T Frame for deploying grabs and corers to 4000m which is the same depth applicable to when the vessel is heaving but is compensated by a CTD system consisting of a winch and frame during such operations.

The vessel will have the regulation MOB boat on a dedicated davit and the facility to carry a 6.5m Rigid Inflatable tender on the port side.

Also at the aft deck is where the 'Holland 1' Work class ROV and the University of Limericks 'Etain' sub-Atlantic ROV will be positioned. In addition up to 3 x 20’ (TEU) containers can be carried.

The newbuild has been engineered to endure increasing harsher conditions and the punishing weather systems encountered in the North-East Atlantic where deployments of RV Tom Crean on surveys spent up to 21 days duration.

In addition, RV Tom Crean will be able to operate in an ultra silent-mode, which is crucial to meet the stringent criteria of the ICES 209 noise standard for fisheries research purposes.

The classification of the newbuild as been appointed to Lloyds and below is a list of the main capabilities and duties to be tasked by RV Tom Crean:

  • Oceanographic surveys, incl. CTD water sampling
  • Fishery research operations
  • Acoustic research operations
  • Environmental research and sampling operation incl. coring
  • ROV and AUV/ASV Surveys
  • Buoy/Mooring operations