Superport Marine Services has been in the oceanographic research business for twenty years using small vessels for near coastal work. In 2001, Superport acquired the ocean-going research vessel, R/V Strait Signet, which is home ported in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The R/V Strait Signet has worked from Angola to the Arctic Circle in the past six years.
In 2007, the company aquired a second larger vessel, R/V Strait Explorer, which was converted to a multi-purpose research vessel at Superport Marine's facilities in Port Hawkesbury
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The R/V Strait Hunter is a 60m, ice strengthened vessel built and maintained as a survey research vessel. The vessel has an ice strengthened, moulded steel hull, large air conditioned survey rooms with both online and offline processing areas, built in work stations, stable AC power, and direct access to survey sensor lockers.
The R/V Strait Explorer is an ice-classed vessel configured for ocean bottom coring, ROV tasking, shallow seismic, as well as, multibeam surveying. The vessel is equipped with two heavy "A" Frames, each serviced by a deck crane.
The R/V Strait Signet is an ideal survey platform for conducting surveys in the 10-1000m water depth range and has an ice-strengthened hull, full science lab and through-hull portal for installation of survey sensors such as multibeam. The vessel has an excellent track record as a survey platform.