Chartwell is a purpose built mono-hull survey vessel, refitted in 2009.

The vessel has dimensions of 26.5m by 5.8m and draft of 2.1m providing an efficient and stable working platform with secondary slow speed water-jet propulsion and automated line keeping facility.  The choice of main engines provides the vessel with the ability to cruise comfortably and economically at 12 knots. Chartwell was commissioned as a survey launch in 1989 and has been extensively re-fitted during winter 2008/ 2009 and provides an exceptionally well laid out, capable and comfortable vessel for coastal geophysical survey operations.

24hr Accommodation

Chartwell provides a 24 hour operational capacity with up to nine personnel onboard, having a maximum duration of between six and nine days between replenishment.  The accommodation is arranged into three twin cabins and three single cabins, one of which is allocated to the client’s representative.  There is a fully equipped galley and mess area, shower room and separate WC below along with storage space and laundry facilities. 

Advanced Equipment

The on-line survey room is configured with easy access to the working deck and handling equipment with remote control of sonar winches and CCTV monitoring of all on deck activities.  All data recording systems are housed in dedicated 19” racking units which are protected by UPS.  Multiple monitors at each work station allow data display to be configured to suit various applications.  The main bridge has direct communication with the survey room and survey navigation displays are repeated on the bridge.  The rear working area is approximately 20m2 and incorporates access to the rear enclosed dive platform.  Other deck equipment includes a 6m hydraulic A-Frame with a SWL of 1 ton, hydraulic capstan, hydraulic side scan sonar winch, hydraulic crane and purpose built over-the-side mounts for deployment of over side sensors.

Communications equipment carried onboard include satellite broadband, wireless network and GSM broadband connectivity whilst in range of mobile phone signal.  E-mail and broadband internet access are available at all times through the Fleet Broadband satellite phone system whilst offshore. The vessel is equipped with a comprehensive suite of navigation electronics including, AIS, VHF DSC radios, Navtex, weather station, NAVNET electronic chart plotters, dual radars, dual frequency echo sounder and advanced autopilot.

Safety equipment carried on board complies with the MCA code of practice for Small Commercial Vessels (SCV Code) and is supplemented by a full complement of immersion suits.  Chartwell carries Category 1 certification under the SCV code allowing her to operate up to 150 miles from a safe haven on a 24 hour basis.  Two 10 man life rafts with hydrostatic release and 406 MHz EPIRB are carried onboard.


Builder McTay Marine Limited – Wirral
Launched Originally launched in 1989 and completely re-fitted in 2009
Length (LOA) 26.60m
Beam 5.90m
Draft 2.10m
Working Displacement 106 Tonnes
Cruising Speed 15kts
Maximum Range 750nm
Operating Code MCA SCV Category 2 (60miles from safe haven). Category 1 (150 mile dispensation available for specified contract).
Accommodation Three double cabins and three single cabins providing accommodation for a maximum of 9 people.
Fuel Capacity 10 Tonnes