Research Vessel Nautilus

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TDI-Brooks has expanded its fleet by incorporating the R/V NAUTILUS , thereby increasing its vessel capacity. The NAUTILUS is a DP2 vessel that was built in 2000 and measures 75 meters in length. After undergoing a 6-month retrofit period in Las Palmas, the vessel is currently enroute to the US East Coast to provide support for offshore wind operations. Equipped with the newly-acquired Geomiil Manta-200 CPT, which can be deployed through the NAUTILUS mid-ship moonpool, the system has the capability to penetrate the soil up to 40-50 meters, depending on its composition.

The vessel provides a wide range of offshore support, including subsea services, construction assistance, exploration, production, AUV, ROV, and diving support. It also caters to military operations, scientific marine research, and survey mapping

The NAUTILUS is a highly adaptable vessel equipped with various features and tools. It has a North American MCK-1240 upper forecastle deck on the starboard side, which includes a SWL 7.1-ton crane. Additionally, the vessel offers spacious accommodation with 46 berths and a large deck capacity.

In addition to these tools, the NAUTILUS is equipped with Geomil Manta-200 CPT, Neptune 3K & 5K vibracorers, and a specially designed pneumatic vibracorer by TDI-Brooks. These tools enable efficient and accurate geotechnical surveys and sampling.

To facilitate comprehensive surveys, the NAUTILUS is equipped with a Teledyne RESON full ocean depth multibeam echosounder (MBES). It is particularly useful for conducting hydrographic marine surveys, surface geochemical “seep-hunting” (SGE), and seabed heatflow surveys (HF).


This vessel is well suited for the following applications:

• Seabed Geotechnical Coring and Measurements
• Seabed Geochemical “Seep-Hunting” (SGE)
• Seabed Heat Flow Surveys (HF)
• 2DHR Seismic Multi Channel Geophysical Site Surveys
• Pipeline Damage Assessments and Inspection
• Offshore Wind Foundation and Cable Route Surveys

The Nautilus is operated within a robust Safety Management System and all vessels are regularly vetted by client marine assurance groups and a part of the OCIMF Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID).

Our field services are supplemented by high quality environmental, geochemical and geotechnical laboratories with a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including fourteen Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists.



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Operator TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
MMSI 577030000
Registry Vanuatu, Port Vila
Home Port Freeport, TX
Radio Call Sign YJQA8

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TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
14391 S. Dowling Road
College Station, TX 77845

Phone: +1 (979) 693-3446