R/V TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Vessel, which was put into service in 2013 by the Environment and Cleaner Production Institute of Marmara Research Center, travels across 3 seas as part of the marine pollution monitoring efforts. Within the scope of a mission for the monitoring of pollution and protection of natural ecologic life in seas around Turkey, R/V TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Vessel conducts studies in Black Sea, Marmara Sea and Aegean Sea under the project “Integrated Pollution Monitoring in Seas” in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning.
Turkey’s coasts and special environmental protection areas, especially the straits, are under the risk of hazardous wastes like bilge water, ballast water, chemicals, radioactive materials and petroleum spilled during ship transportations and in accidents. It is required to have a multi-disciplinary marine research infrastructure in order to duly determine the damages of such risks which threaten sea-oriented activities like fishing and tourism.
As the best-equipped “research vessel” of Turkey in its class, R/V TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Vessel is capable of conducting researches in gulfs and open seas for up to 15 uninterrupted days in up to 3 thousand meters depth, with 23 persons composed of 11 researchers and 12 crew members. The vessel has an incubation room, wet and dry laboratories and a computer laboratory which allow full-fledged researches, trainings and scientific events. R/V TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Vessel is also capable of mapping the sea bottom and profiling the currents, through its multi-beam echosounder (MBES) system; which is quite important for ports and straits.
The shallow water research boat that has been newly attached to the research vessel images the sea bottom and undersea acoustically in shallow waters. So the research vessel makes it possible to discover ancient submerged cities that are thought to be abundant in Turkish coasts with a huge tourism potential.