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Huntsman Marine Science Centre Fundy Spr

Ocean Assets

Huntsman is the only marine focused non-government education and research institution located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy – including New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We also provide students and researchers a safe and stable platform to conduct studies and work anywhere in the Bay of Fundy onboard our Coast Guard certified R/V Fundy Spray with its extensive sampling capacity.

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R/V Fundy Spray

Sampling Equipment

R/V Fundy Spray

The R/V Fundy Spray is a 15.24 m (50 feet) converted offshore lobster boat certified by Transport Canada to carry 20 passengers and two crew. The vessel is well appointed with winches suitable to support sediment grab sampling, towing plankton nets, bottom trawling and dragging, trap retrieval, and deployment of other research equipment. It also serves as a spacious platform for scientific diving. 

R/V Fundy Spray is berthed at St. Andrews (New Brunswick) Market Wharf and able to berth at various ports in the Bay of Fundy area. The vessel and crew can stay out at sea for periods of up to seventy-two (72) hours. Specifics of the R/V Fundy Spray include:

  • Constructed of hand-laid fibreglass of 38 gross registered tonnage (GRT) and 15.24 m (50 feet) in length.

  • Outside working deck space of 6.4 m x 5.1 m (21’ x 17’) and covered deck space of 2.4 m x 4.8 m (8’ x 16’).

  • Certified for Near Coastal 2, Limited Home Trade 3 voyages.

  • Holds a valid transport Canada Safety Inspection Certificate to carry 20 passengers.

  • Also certified as a workboat.

  • Carries $5,000,000 Commercial General Liability Insurance.

  • Equipped with:

    • 2 x 16 person life rafts and all other lifesaving equipment and apparatus required by The Canadian Shipping Act.

    • 1 x boom winch with an 884 kg (1,950 lbs) rated capacity

    • 2 x 2,267 kg (5,000 lbs) rated deck winches with 275 m of cable

    • 1 x oceanographic winch with 275 m cable

    • 1 x 14” hydraulic trap hauler

    • 3 x 120 volt AC powered outlets

    • 1 x DSC VHF

    • 2 x GPS 

    • 1 x radar

    • 1 x plotter

    • 1 x sounder

    • hot/cold freshwater

    • private washroom facilities with head (toilet), sink and shower

    • microwave oven and electric fridge

    • Dive ladder

    • 1 x Therapeutic oxygen SCUBA tank

    • 4.2 m rigid floor inflatable rated for five people and gear to 750 kg (1,650 lbs)

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