NIWA Vessels

 

Our vessels are world-class environmental monitoring and research platforms with the most stringent health and safety standards. We have more than 40 years of experience working in New Zealand’s marine realm and can provide our services and expertise anywhere in the world.

 

RV Tangaroa

RV Tangaroa is New Zealand’s only ice strengthened and dynamically positioned deep-water research vessel. Equipped for ocean science, exploration and marine engineering, Tangaroa provides a sophisticated environmental survey and ocean science platform throughout the South Pacific, Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

RV Kaharoa

Although designed primarily for coastal surveys, Kaharoa is capable of working throughout New Zealand's EEZ and further afield. The deployment of ocean-profiling Argo floats alone has taken it over 75,000 nautical miles.

RV Ikatere

A versatile inshore vessel, RV Ikatere is equipped with high-precision multibeam and sub-bottom profiler transducers for surveying and mapping the seabed.

Applying for vessel time

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), through the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF), has contracted NIWA to provide access to RV Tangaroa for the next four years (up to 2019/20) as a national research facility.

Other vessels

NIWA operates about 30 other Maritime New Zealand-certified vessels based at Bream Bay, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Turangi, Wellington, Nelson, Greymouth, Tekapo, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Induction information

RV Tangaroa induction videos for voyage participants and contractors.