RV Cefas Endeavor

RV Cefas Endeavor is an ocean-going fisheries research vessel which is based at the port of Lowestoft and is operated by the Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). [2] [3] She is used to support all aspects of monitoring.


A striped red mullet ( Mullus surmuletus ) in the Cefas Endeavor

Cefas Endeavor was built at Ferguson Shipbuilders in Glasgow . [4] She was named by Lindsay Murray , Cefas’ Science Area Head for Environmental Management at Burnham-on-Crouch, who is also wife of the chief executive Peter Greig-Smith . [4] The naming ceremony took place on 20 June 2003. [4]

The RV Cirolana is a research vessel , which is designed to minimize underwater noise, which minimizes fish disturbance and ensures better results from sonar equipment. [4] Operation is currently outsourced by Cefas to P & O Maritime Services . [5]

On 7 November 2003 she was at Duchy Wharf, Falmouth, for unspecified minor repairs. [6] In 2014, her captain was reported as Paul Kersey. [7]

From circa 2008 to 2011, Cefas Endeavor completed a survey – the East Coast Regional Environmental Characterization – to discover more about the sea from Norfolk to Walberswick , covering an area of ​​3,300 square kilometers (1,300 sq mi). [8] Combining data with existing records, researchers were able to produce maps on tidal patterns, water temperature, and general biodiversity. [8] The aim of the survey is as follows and sub-tidal reefs and sandbanks. [8] The team also discovered the wreck of HMS Exmoor , several Second World War aircraft, and hand axes ,cores , and flakes dating from the Palaeolithic period . [8] They also discovered a specimen of Rissoides desmaresti , a rare mantis shrimp that was previously unknown in the area. [8]

In summer 2011, the ship was carrying MARINElife researchers, and spotted 20 endangered whales end , in five pods, for approximately 30 minutes. [9] According to Tom Brereton, a research director from Marine Life, these were very unusual numbers at the same time. [9]


The ship has been involved in a number of rescues:

  • In April 2004, 207 miles south-west of the Scilly Isles , the yacht Silent Annie feels awe-inspiring. [10] [11] Cefas Endeavor responded, and the RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk )helicopter to the Royal Cornwall Hospital . [10] [11] The yacht later feels another distress signal; Falmouth coastguard, the Spanish Coast Guard Service, a Hawker Siddeley Nimrod from RAF Kinloss and a merchant vessel (the Gemini 1), The yacht Was found by the merchant vessel to-have a broken mast, and the remaining crewman was taken on board before being white airlifted to A Coruña by a Spanish rescue helicopter. [11]
  • In May 2013, about 30 miles south of Plymouth, where a man had been spotted in the water. [12] No one was found. [12]
  • At 2000 hours on 4 May 2014, the ship responded to a 22-foot (6.7 m) yacht that was adrift in Weymouth Bay after suffering complete electrical failure. [13] Her fast rescue boat was launched, and towed back to the mooring at Castle Cove, Weymouth . [13]
  • In 2015, she assisted in the rescue of the 10-meter (33 ft) Lanpuki motorcycle cruiser , whose three-person crew was unable to restart their failed engine. [14] A tow-line was attached off Kessingland , and Cefas Endeavortowed the cruiser to the Stamford Channel , where they rendezvoused with the Lowestoft Patsy Knight , which took the stricken yacht into the moorings at Lowestoft Yacht Club. [14]

Local events

Cefas Endeavor’s crew will take part in the Macmillan Cancer Support annual coffee morning, and in 2010 raised £ 850 for charity, with their 2011 target being £ 1,000. [15] [16] In 2014, she Took share in year international commemorative event Organized by UNESCO and the International Maritime Organization to commemorate 100 years since Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo Was Assassinated, leading to the start of World War I . [17] She flew her ensign at half mast from 0800 hours to 1830 hours and hered horn for 30 seconds at 6pm. [7]

The University of Exeter , by allowing joint research in which students can join the Cefas Endeavor for scientific cruises. [18]


  1. Jump up^ ” Cefas Endeavor ” . ClydeSite.co.uk . Retrieved 12 May 2011 . mirror
  2. Jump up^ “Cefas Endeavor: Vessel Specification Sheet” (PDF) . P & O Maritime Services . Retrieved 9 November 2011 . mirror
  3. Jump up^ “CEFAS ENDEAVOR” (PDF) . CEFAS . mirror
  4. ^ Jump up to:d “New Ship Will Carry Out Fish Research”. Aberdeen Press and Journal . June 21, 2003.
  5. Jump up^ “New Cefas vessel contract” . Cefas . Retrieved 12 May 2011 . mirror
  6. Jump up^ “New Owners And Name For Tanker At Anchor In Port”. The West Briton . November 13, 2003. p. 55.
  7. ^ Jump up to:b “War Tribute”. Lowestoft Journal . 4 July 2014.
  8. ^ Jump up to:e Tubby Trevor (5 May 2011). “Scientists delve deeper to discover what lies beneath”. Eastern Daily Press .
  9. ^ Jump up to:b Editor, John Ingham Environment (8 June 2011). “90ft giant whales race to Britain” . Express.co.uk . Retrieved 30 April 2016 .
  10. ^ Jump up to:b “Helicopter airlifts sick yachtsman”. Western Morning News . Plymouth. April 30, 2004. p. 4.
  11. ^ Jump up to:c “Two distress calls received from yacht”. The Cornishman . May 13, 2004. p. 6.
  12. ^ Jump up to:b “Search for man overboard after-ferry sighting” . Western Morning News . May 28, 2013 . Retrieved 30 April 2016 .
  13. ^ Jump up to:b “Coastguard round-up: Divers rescued by helicopter, dog survives cliff fall, and yacht towed to safety” . Dorset Echo . Retrieved 30 April 2016 .
  14. ^ Jump up to:b Boggis, Mark (7 August 2015). “Lowestoft lifeboat called to help two vessels in difficulties” . Lowestoft Journal .
  15. Jump up^ Hindle, Mark (29 September 2011). “Region unites over a cup of coffee in aid of charity”. Eastern Daily Press .
  16. Jump up^ “Thousands enjoy a coffee and celebrate a centenary”. Eastern Daily Press . 1 October 2011.
  17. Jump up^ Bygrave, Melanie (27 June 2014). “Special event to be held”. Lowestoft Journal .
  18. Jump up^ “University links with research teams” . Western Morning News . 17 January 2012 . Retrieved 30 April 2016 .

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