M.Y. ANGRA PEQUENA
M.Y. Angra Pequena is a 72 ft (99 ton) wooden expedition motor yacht. She was built in Luderitz in Namibia at the Nieswandt Shipyard, and launched in 1959. Since then she has had proud history in the service of the oceans. Initially operated as a Fisheries Patrol vessel in Namibia, she then moved to the west coast of South Africa and served as a Sea Fisheries Research vessel sailing out of Cape Town. Most recently, she has been used in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the Southern Indian Ocean, to deploy an ROV into offshore canyons to depths of over 100m, allowing successful filming of coelacanths. M.Y. Angra Pequena is currently based in Durban, South Africa.
M.Y. Angra Pequena is a unique platform for marine research, scientific training and conservation, and is capable of deployment of standard marine research instruments and equipment such as ROVs, CTD, plankton nets, sonar and echo-sounders, BRUVS, and sediment grab samplers. She is thus suitable for oceanographic and benthic research as well as training in offshore marine science techniques. She is also a good platform for diver surveys and deck-based observational studies. She has a fuel range of over 3000 NM, and can stay at sea comfortably for 30 days. She is equipped with a 5 MT Palfinger crane, a water-maker, dive compressor, satellite communications, storage freezers and a semi-rigid inflatable boat with 2 x 40HP engines.