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An oceanographic research vessel
 
Working area of the Belgica
 
Welcome on board
 
Equipment on deck
 
Oceanographic instruments
 
Laboratories
 
Measurement campaigns
 
Scientific research programmes
 
Captain's campaign reports
 
Belgica ODAS / Where is the Belgica?
   
  Belgica 2014 campaigns (FR, NL)
   
   
 Related links
 
Measures at sea
Physico-chemical observations
 
Data archives
The data center
 
Operational exploitation
Site of the Belgian Navy
 
Flanders Marine Institute
VLIZ
   

  Technical info

 
Technical caracteristics of the Belgica (PDF)
 
Belgica communication ressources and costs to scientists (PDF)
   
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Welcome on board

The Belgica, thanks to its specialised equipment and oceanographic instruments can take all sorts of samples, from air, from the water, and the sediment and analyse them in the on-board laboratories. The various laboratories include the fisheries laboratory, the wet laboratory for the distribution and prior treatment of the samples, the chemical laboratory, the biochemical laboratory and the microbiological laboratory. All the laboratories have basic equipment, which the various teams of scientists that come on board develop, into specialised laboratories fulfilling their research needs in no time at all. Previously equipped laboratory containers can also be brought on board for specific research projects.


MAIN CARACTERISTICS AND DIMENSIONS OF THE BELGICA
Overall length
50.90 m
Length at water surface
44.95 m
Overall width
10.00 m
Height to main deck
5.70 m
Min. / max. draught
4.20 m / 4.55 m
Gross/ net registered tonnage
765 t / 232 t
Displacement
1132 t
Cruising speed / max. speed.
12 knots (22 km/h) / 13.5 knots (25 km/h)
Autonomy: distance / time
5000 miles à 12 knots / 20 days
Fresh water / fuel supplies
98 m³ / 165 m³
Commissioned
1984 (named by Her Majesty Queen Fabiola)

 Complete technical caractristics (PDF, 20pp., in Dutch)

 Equipment on deck

 Oceanographic instruments

 Laboratories

 Measurement campaigns

 ODAS / Where is the Belgica?





Coastal forecast

TIDES
OSTEND
[TAW]
 
Time
Elev.
 Low
10:40
0.59 m
 High
16:50
4.33 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation

Harmonic prediction 
Ostend 1980–2020:
  *to
Enter as YYYY-MM-DD
  
WIND
WESTHINDER
 Speed 4.64 m/s 
 Sector 67° , ENE 
 Table Graph Line plot North Sea animation
  
WAVES
AKKAERT
 Height 0.77 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation
  
CURRENTS
WESTHINDER
 Graph ploar plot Line plot North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation
  
TEMPERATURE
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
SALINITY
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
TRANSPORT
  Daily maps
  


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