RRS Discovery's 90m length is fitted with a wide range of scientific equipment, extensive lifting and handling facilities, large open working decks and can easily accommodate containerised laboratories and bolt-on winches.
Laboratory facilities are impressive and cover a range of options. Single berths are provided for 28 scientific staff. RRS Discovery cruises world-wide with a port-to-port endurance in excess of 45 days.
She is the largest of the general-purpose oceanographic research vessels currently available in the UK. Scientific options include seismic, geological sampling, physical oceanography, chemistry, trawling and deployment of large overside packages.