Angra Pequena is a 72 ft (99 ton) purpose-designed and equipped expedition ship offering a unique platform for marine research, scientific training and conservation.
Initially built and operated as a Fisheries Patrol vessel in Namibia, she then moved to the west coast of South Africa and served as a Sea Fisheries Research vessel sailing out of Cape Town. Most recently, she has been used by the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the Southern Indian Ocean, to deploy a ROV into offshore canyons to depths of over 100m, allowing successful filming of coelacanths. M.Y. Angra Pequena is currently based in Durban, South Africa.
M.Y. Angra Pequena is capable of deployment of standard marine research instruments and equipment such as ROVs, CTD, plankton nets, sonar and echo-sounders, BRUVS, and sediment grab samplers, as well as providing a good platform for diver surveys and deck-based observational studies. She is thus suitable for oceanographic and benthic research as well as training in offshore marine science techniques. She has a fuel range of over 3000 NM, and can stay at sea comfortably for over 30 days. She is equipped with a Palfinger jib crane, a water-maker, satellite communications, storage freezers and a semi-rigid inflatable boat with 2 outboard engines.
M.Y. Angra Pequena is operated by SEA QUESTS, whose primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and to inform management policies.