The ship is chartered by marine scientists to explore and study Austalia's oceans. Access to the Marine National Facility has always been open to Australian researchers and their international collaborators, and is allocated on the basis of scientific merit.
An active blue-water marine research vessel is essential in order to provide the capacity to:
Photographer : Edwina Hollander
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/10789/"><img src="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_AS11661.jpg" width="300" alt="The RV Southern Surveyor" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/10789/">The RV Southern Surveyor</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
The RV Southern Surveyor