The Estonian Marine Institute has four bigger marine research vessels. Lengths range from 10 to 15 meters.
In addition to the research vessels mentioned above there are several smaller 3-7 meter RIBs, and aluminium workboats.
Autonomous research vessel "Heli"
Estonian Marine Institute's autonomous self-navigating vessel "Heli" (currently under construction, ready in 2023) is able to navigate long distances according to the pre-planned trajectory and/or directions received by network connection. The vessel is able to record and/or transfer live data about the position and parameters of fish schools. The vessel can be used for scientific research as a cost-effective solution for tracking and estimating fish school parameters and in principle also to direct commercial fishery. The result of the project will substantially decrease the economic and environmental cost of commercial fishery and fisheries research as well as general safety at sea.
Length/width/draft (m): 6.2/2.5/0.4
Max speed: 7 kn
Operation speed: 3 kn
Operation range: 162 Nm (300 km)
Connectivity: 5G, 4G, 433 MHz, WIFI, AIS, satellite
Sensors: radar, camera, magnetometer, anemometer, gyroscope, sonar
Safety equipment: AIS, radar reflector, navigation lights
Contact: Elor Sepp (Mob: +372 521 7789)
- Sepp, E.; Vetemaa, M.; Raid, T. (2022). Use of autonomous research vehicles in Baltic fisheries acoustic surveys: Potential benefits and pitfalls. In: Guedes Soares, C.; Santos, T.A. (Ed.). Trends in Maritime Technology and Engineering Volume 2. (613−616). London: CRC press. doi.org/10.1201/9781003320289