RV The Princess Royal

RV The Princess Royal is a research vessel owned and operated by Newcastle University as part of the School of Marine Science and Technology. Designed by in-house naval architects from the school, The Princess Royal replaced the previous RV Bernicia as the school's research vessel.

United Kingdom
Name: RV The Princess Royal
Namesake: Princess Anne of the United Kingdom
Owner: Newcastle University
Operator: Newcastle University Department of Marine Science and Technology[1]
Route: Coastal waters, rivers and estuaries of North East England.[1]
Builder: Alnmarintec, Blyth, UK[2][3]
Yard number: ALN 109[3]
Christened: 04 February 2011[4]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Research Vessel[6]
Displacement: 35 t (34 long tons; 39 short tons)[3]
Length: 18.9 m (62 ft) LOA[3]
Beam: 7.42 m (24.3 ft)[3]
Draught: 1.8 m (5.9 ft)[5]
Installed power: 1,200 hp (890 kW)[1]
  • 2 × Cummins QSM11 diesel engines[3]
  • 2 × fixed pitch propellers[3]
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) (maximum)[3],
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) (cruising)[1]
Range: 400nm in sea state 4-5[1]
Boats & landing
craft carried:
5m inflatable RIB[3]


The Princess Royal has a twin hull, deep-vee form with each hull having a bulbous bow. The hull form aims to improve seakeeping, stability and fuel efficiency[6] and was designed by the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University. The ship was built by Alnmarintec in Blyth[3] to MCA category 2 requirements and is constructed from aluminium alloy[6].

The Princess Royal is equipped with a 6.5 tonne-metre knuckle boom crane, a 2 tonne hydraulic A-frame, two trawl winches, a pot hauler two ROV winches and a 5-metre Rigid Inflatable Boat[3].

Powering the vessel are two 600 hp (450 kW) Cummins QSM11 diesel engines coupled to two fixed-pitch propellers[1][3].


The Princess Royal is named after Princess Anne who christened the ship during a ceremony in Blyth on 04 February 2011[4].


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