CSIC begins construction of largest oceanographic vessel in Spain

The Scientific Research High Council has started the construction of a new research vessel for the Spanish Institution of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC), named after its founder, Odón de Buen. almost 85 meters long and 18 meters wide, making it the largest oceanographic research vessel in the Spanish fleet. Odon de Buen p equipped with the latest technologyIt will allow the exploration of ecosystems, habitats and sea beds in all the world’s oceans, including the polar regions, and at depths greater than 6,000 meters.

This week, Science and Innovation Minister Diana Morant, together with IEO-CSIC director Javier Ruiz, visited the facilities at the Armón shipyard in Vigo, where construction has begun on this multipurpose oceanographic vessel of global scope. It will be the flagship of the Spanish science fleet. During his visit, Morant announced that the ship would be christened after Odón de Buen, founder of the IEO and pioneer of oceanography in Europe.

This project is a An approximate investment of 85 million euros80% of the total will be provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is expected to be completed in less than three years. When built, the Odón de Buen will be Spain’s largest oceanographic vessel with a length of 84.3 meters and a width of 17.8 meters. It will have a capacity of 58 passengers, and its autonomy will be about 50 days of navigation.

Virtual image of Odon de Buen CSIC-IEO


The ship was specifically designed to be quiet, an essential element both for observing the ocean, with minimal impact and disturbance on marine organisms, and for working with scientific echo sounders. Also, the project It has the most advanced systems to prevent fuel spillage, to control gas emissions to the atmosphere or to respect the environment with vehicles to use gas as fuel.

Its scientific equipment stands out for being at the forefront of technology, both through the study of the seabed and echo sounders for fishing; unmanned, remote-controlled or autonomous vehicles; sampling systems, combs and 500 m2 laboratory.

In addition, due to its enormous storage space and onboard container handling capacity, it will have a large capacity for logistical support, which will enable Odón de Buen to serve as an exchange platform with Antarctic bases while conducting his research. in this area..

Avant-garde Spanish oceanography

The IEO’s work on marine protected areas and sensitive habitats in recent years has contributed to Spain’s commitment to protect more than 10% of its marine areas. The oceanographic vessel Odón de Buen will strengthen these studies by: Allowing the exploration of the seafloor located at a depth of 6,000 meters, It includes all waters under the jurisdiction of Spain.

Additionally, its features would allow these surveys to be transferred to international waters at any latitude, thereby complying with the United Nations commitment to protecting marine biodiversity in areas located outside the national area.

The ship ‘Ángeles Alvariño’, one of those currently owned by the IEO find out


The experience of the IEO is based, in part, on the work carried out by the IEO. oceanographic research vessels Angeles Alvariño and Ramón MargalefIt was built a little over 10 years ago with Spanish design and technology. Their scientific work has led them to be considered a model to be followed around the world now, for the construction of the next generation of oceanographic vessels.

The successful design of these ships contributed to the development of the shipbuilding industry, making Spain the second country in the European Union and the tenth worldwide in terms of units contracted or delivered. “This is a good example of how investment in science has a direct and positive impact on the industrial fabric, even in areas where it’s not obvious, like the study of marine biodiversity,” says Javier Ruiz.

Odon de Buen, founder of IEO

Odón de Buen y del Cos, born in Zuera (Zaragoza) in 1863, was a Spanish naturalist who is considered a promoter of oceanography in Spain. and is one of the pioneers of this science in Europe. After graduating from the University of Madrid in 1885 in natural sciences, he was selected to join an expedition that would mark his career: he sailed aboard the frigate Blanca across northern Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. oceanographic profession.

After this trip, he took the Chair of Zoology at the University of Barcelona in 1889, where he reformed science teaching and introduced Darwin’s theory of evolution in Spain. A few years later, in 1906, he opened the Marine Biology Laboratory in Porto Pi (Mayorca) and a similar facility in Malaga. These laboratories, along with the integration of the Santander Biological Station, served Odón de Buen’s founding of the Spanish Institution of Oceanography in 1914 and decisively promoting marine research in Spain.

He went into exile in Mexico in 1942 and died three years later at the age of 82. In 2003, his body was transported to Spain, specifically to his hometown.

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Environment department contact address:crisclimatica@prensaiberica.es

Source: Informacion

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