RV MBA Sepia, a custom built 15.45 m Category 2 Coded Workboat, is a versatile research platform for exploring river, estuarine and coastal environments, up to 60 miles off shore.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Category 2 workboat, able to operate up to 60 miles from a safe haven
- Length: 15.45 m
- Draft: 1.4 m
- Beam: 5 m
- Gross tonnage: 34.2
- Accommodating up to 12 passengers
- Service speed: 9 knots
For more information about MBA Sepia, download the vessel specification sheet (PDF, 541 KB).
MBA Sepia has a wide scope of operational capacity, with stabilising bilge keels and 5m beam the vessel provides a large and stable deck area to work from. Equipped with a 2.5 tonne winch and hydraulic A-frame a range of marine instrumentation and fishing gear can be deployed from the vessel. Internally there is dry laboratory space with a minimum of six workstations serviced by a 240 V power supply.
Current and previous survey work has included; otter and beam trawl fish surveys, plankton and zooplankton sampling, benthic infauna sampling and instrument deployment/recovery. We are also able to assist with survey design.