R/V AEGAEO was built in 1985 at the Chalkis shipyard and started her scientific operations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In 1987 the scientific expeditions extended to the western Mediterranean Sea.

From June 1996 to Feb 1997 the R/V AEGAEO was converted and enlarged by 10,5 m.

The 62 m R/V AEGAEO was refitted in 1997 and now comprises a completely modernised floating laboratory, equipped with all the latest technology necessary for HCMR’s valuable research work which ranges from the geophysical exploration of the sea floor to environmental monitoring.

R/V AEGAEO is the mother ship for submersible THETIS and ROV Super Achilles.

The Accommodation the laborations and the equipment were changed for the better and R/V AEGAEO became a modern floating laboratory able to carry out all kind of scientific and technical operation.

R/V AEGAEO has undertaken the detection and recovery of 2 ambulance helicopters, in the sea area of Sounio and Ikaria Island, one mirage 2000 in central Aegean Sea and a Chinook, helicopter south of the Athos peninsula.

Scientific Equipment

2 Multibeam sonars (SEABEAM 2120 & 1180), Side Scan Sonar, system for seismic analysis type Air-gun (5-40 inch 3) & sparker system (3-9 KJ). Submersible THETIS (610 m), underwater remote operated vehicle SUPER ACHILLE ROV (1000 m). 2 rosettes for water sampling 12 & 24 samplers. Various water and plankton samplers. <br /> <br />Various Seabird CTD sets. Sediment traps. Aanderaa RC7 current meters. Various benthic samplers, bethic draggers and corers for fauna and sediment.

Navigation Equipment

Autopilot: 1 A/P NECO 728, D-GPS TRIMPLE, GPS NORTH STAR 941X, gyrocompass SPERRY, 1 magnetic compass SH-165-A, 1 Furuno 96 mil. and 1 RACAL DECCA 96 mil. radar, electronic chart system TELECHART 2026, echo sounders OCEAN DATA BATHY 1000 & FURUNO FE824ET, log Doppler SIMRAD NL, INMARSAT-C, NAVTEX NMR 108.

Detailed Specifications

Built: 1985
Classification Society: Hellenic Register
Class: +H100 A1 R
Type: Marine Research Vessel
Length: 61.51m
Breadth: 9.60m
Draft: 2.9m
GT: 778 tons
Fuel capacity: 80 tons
Consumption: 6 ton/day
Cruise speed: 12 knots
Autonomy: 20 days
Main Engines: 2 x 950 BHP MAN B&W 20/27 VO
Bow Thrusters: Schottel ski-87 unit, 2 knots/hr
Propellers: 2 x twin V.P.P.
Generators: 2 x MAN 331 Kw/370 KVA (296 Kw) 450 BHP
Emergency generator: 1 x MAN DO2006ME 46 Kw / 62.5 BHP / 45 KVA – 36 Kw

Deck Equipment


Stern hydraulic A-frame SWL 10 ton & 7.3m height
Side A-frame – SWL 1 ton
1 main crane 3.5 ton with centrally remote controlled winches x 2, 2500 m. 10 ton, oceanographic winch x 6000 m, x 2000 m Computer room: 6 m2.

Scientific-Mobile Labs

5 chemistry-biology 29 m2, wet lab 10 m2, primary production 6 m2, geology & CTD 32 m2, multibeam 6 m2.

Mobile Labs
1 x 12 m2
Freezers: 3 (-20oC)



The F/R PHILIA, built at Piraeus (1985), commissioned in 1986, operates from her home port of Irakleion, not only in Cretan waters, but also throughout the Aegean and Ionian.

The PHILIA’s greatest asset is her flexibility, she is large enough to operate offshore but because of her shallow draft she can also operate close inshore.

She has covered many thousands of miles carrying out research and in 1997 was refitted with a bulbous bow and a second engine as part of the Greek Government’s commitment to marine science research.

Scientific Equipment

Echo sounder Simrad EK 500 split beam 38 and 120 kHz. Echo sounder Simrad EK 400 single beam 120 kHz. Echo sounder Biosonics dual beam 120 kHz V-Fin. RoxAnn & Side Scan Sonars. SCANMAR net recorder. Underwater remote operated vehicles (ROV): Benthos Mini Rover (300 m), DSSI Max Rover Mk 11 (2000 m). Various underwater cameras Osprey and underwater sledges. 3 Seabird CTD. 7 Aanderaa RC7 meters. Various water and plankton samplers. Sediment traps, various benthic samplers (grabs, box and multi-corers) and benthic draggers. Pelagic, benthic trawls and otter and beam trawls.


Navigation Equipment

Automatic pilot, D-GPS, gyrocompass, 1 ARPA AND 1 EPA radar 100 nm, electronic chart system MaxSea. Echo sounder: Simrad EK 400, Furuno 15 & 50 kHz, Furuno 28 & 200 kHz, forward looking sonar 400 kHz, INMARSAT-C, Meteological station Aanderaa NAVTEXT 7 Meteostar 2000.

Detailed Specifications

Built: 1986
Classification Society: Hellenic Register
Class: +H100 A1 R
Type: Marine Research Vessel
Length: 26.10m
Breadth: 7.25m
Deck Height: 3.20m
Draft: 2.6m
DWT: 45.70 m/t
GT: 143 tons
Fuel capacity: 22 tons
Consumption: 1600 lt/day
Cruise speed: 10 knots
Autonomy: 10 days
Fresh Water: 6 tons plus reverse osmosis water production 64f lt/hr
Main Engines: 2 diesel engines x 340 hp
Bow Thruster: 1 x 25 hp tunnel bow thruster
Propellers: 2 x twin variable pitch propellers
Generators: 2 main generators x 85 Kw
Emergency generator: 1 x 38 Kw
Deck Area: 35 m2


1 Hiab sea crane 8.30 m arm 1200 long
2 net drums, 2 fishing drums (2000 m x 12 mm wire)
1 oceanographic winch with 2 drums (4 mm by 2000 m wire and 6 mm x 1300 m)

Computer & Audiovisual Room 15 m2

Scientific Labs
wet lab 9 m2, dry lab 9 m2
Freezers: 3 (-20oC)
Crew Cabins: 4 for 7 crew members
Charterers Berths: 3 for 6 scientists



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