June 11, 2019

New £1.3 million survey vessel launched by Swansea University

Swansea University has officially launched its new marine survey vessel, costing a total of £1.3 million to construct.

The RV Mary Anning is one of the first UK vessels of its kind, allowing marine biologists to take cutting-edge research equipment to shallow seas and coastal environments, as well as farther offshore.

The vessel is named after early 19th century palaeontologist, Mary Anning, who is thought to have inspired the famous ‘She sells sea shells’ tongue twister. The Mary Anning will be used for coastal survey, mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying survey equipment.

Holding around 26 passengers, the vessel will become a crucial tool for conducting research trips with both Swansea University staff and students. 

Find out more about the RV Mary Anning. 

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Content added on 11th June 2019. 

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