RV Novus

RV Novus is a stable and efficient platform for hydrographic and acoustic survey applications.

Designed and constructed by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany, RV Novus is a state-of-the-art SWATH (Small-Waterplane-Area Twin Hull) vessel with extraordinary sea-keeping abilities. Her design supports near-to-mid shore survey operations for charting and mapping, offshore wind development, cable inspection, fish stocks assessments and benthic surveying.

The full galley and heads can support up to 10 personnel for day operations, and eight berths provide accommodations for overnight and 24-hour operations.

RV Novus is permanently fitted with the latest in science and survey equipment, including:

  • Hull-mounted Kongsberg 2040-04 Multibeam Sonar
  • Hull-mounted EK80 Echo Sounder
  • POS MV OceanMaster
  • AML Sound Velocity Profiler
  • Dual Furuno ECDIS


Shipwreck located by RV Novus in Nova Scotia
Shipwreck mapped in Nova Scotia using RV Novus' EM2040-04 Multibeam Sonar


RV Novus in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Top Speed: 16 knots

Cruise Speed: 10 knots

Survey Speed: ~5 knots

Length: 23 m

Depth: 3 m

Beam: 13 m

Construction: Aluminum

POB (w/o crew): 6 during day ops, 4 during 24-hour ops

Berths: 8