MV Clupea changes course from Research to Rescue

May 17, 2016 by No Comments | Category Compliance, Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science, Research Vessel Surveys

Clupea taken by CDavies. Crown copyright.Marine Scotland’s former research vessel Clupea has recently found a new vocation turning from research cruises to rescue missions.  Now known as Sea-Watch 2, the MV Clupea underwent some major refit works in Hamburg, including the addition of a medical ward, to allow it to operate all year round and under bad weather conditions when, unfortunately, many maritime accidents happen.

Financed by crowd-funding donations,  the non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) Sea Watch was able to buy the ship for their search and rescue (SAR) missions, leaving only weeks ago to take up rescue operations off the Libyan coast.

MV Clupea was built in 1968 as a dedicated fishery research ship by order of the UK government; then later sold to private operators in 2008.

We are delighted that a vessel we had commissioned has gone on to do such noble work – all the best Sea-Watch 2, you have made us very proud.

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