Prop cleaning operations polished props

Propellers have been reinstalled and polished.

Image credit: SOI

 Prop cleaning operations polished props

Prop cleaning operations polished props

Cameras in gondola

Underwater cameras have been permanently installed in gondola (shown with protective plastic cover) for observation of bubble flow patterns during the R/V Falkor field trials.  

Image credit: SOI
 

Cameras in gondola

Cameras in gondola

The R/V Falkor was originally constructed as a German Fisheries Protection vessel Seefalke in 1981 in Lübeck, Germany.  She is currently being converted from a fisheries protection vessel into a research ship at Peters Schiffbau shipyard in Wewelsfleth, Germany. 

The key objective of the current refit is to provide R/V Falkor with the science support facilities and equipment, including the large configurable aft deck, A-Frame, J-Frame, CTD / Hydrographic winch, cranes, on-board laboratories, and workshops suitable to support both scientific and engineering objectives of the future oceanographic cruises.  The ship will also be outfitted with an extensive suite of oceanographic echo sounding systems, high bandwidth on-board computer networks, and globally capable C band satellite digital communications systems.  Along with the addition of the new scientific capabilities, the ship's original propulsion systems, controls, and on-board infrastructure are being overhauled or modernizied to ensure many years of reliable scientific operations at sea.