Research, Conservation and Training Vessel


Western Indian Ocean & Southern Africa

M.Y. Angra Pequena is a 72 ft (99 ton) purpose-designed and equipped expedition ship offering a unique platform for marine research, scientific training and conservation.

M.Y. Angra Pequena has a proud history in the service of the oceans. Initially built and 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 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, as well as providing a good platform for diver surveys and deck-based observational studies. She is thus suitable for oceanographic and benthic research as well as training in offshore marine science techniques. 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.

M.Y. Angra Pequena is operated by SEA QUESTS, a marine agency whose primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and to inform management policies.

Sea Quests is keen to partner with others to support our goal of helping to protect the oceans, including:

Research Organisations
Ocean advocates
Government Agencies responsible for marine management
Marine Explorers

Sea Quests’ primary offering is for M.Y. Angra Pequena to provide a platform for:
Research cruises
benthic sampling (including sediment grabs and ROV surveys)
depth sonar surveys
seabird and large marine mammal surveys
fish studies (including BRUVS)
scientific diving surveys
ROV surveys
Conservation & ocean awareness and advocacy missions
Marine science training
Documentary film-making
Other initiatives or projects that contribute to marine conservation and exploration