Reflecting the international character of NATO, the Coastal Research Vessel LEONARDO embraces a wide range of systems and hardware from numerous NATO nations. The vessel design and project was undertaken by Burness, Corlett and partners, UK. The hull was built by Remontowa in Poland with superstructure and assembly at McTay Marine in UK; Main Generators - Cummins, USA, Azimuthing Thrusters - Schottel, Germany, Electrical Distribution and Power Management Ansaldo Hill Graham, Italy with dynamic positioning from Kongsberg, Norway.
CRV LEONARDO has significantly enhanced NATO's capabilities, especially in shallow seas. She has one very silent low speed condition and enjoys the benefits of diesel electric propulsion driving twin azimuthing thrusters and one azimuthing pump jet bow thruster controlled by a fully automated "Dynamic Positioning" (DP) and a Power Management System.
Like the NATO Research Vessel ALLIANCE, the LEONARDO is owned by NATO and it is available for charter to eligible organizations within the NATO nations. From 2010, the LEONARDO is manned by Italian Navy crews, under Italian Navy flag, allowing the Centre to take advantage of its capabilities as a research platform.
|Wet and dry laboratories, diving facilities and an impressive suite of deck handling cranes, winches and one A-frame provide the necessary facilities to required for shallow seas scientific research operations. Sleeping and messing accommodation for 10 person are incorporated, with the possibility to carry a maximum 15 people (including crew) on a day basis.
Equipped with a moon pool capable of ready deployment of experimental systems, a HiPap 500 acoustics tracking and location device linked to the vessel's DP system, as well as Kinematic GPS, LEONARDO provides a near perfect AUV/ROV surface tracking platform. The integrated 20 foot container, when joined with the main scientific laboratory, provides, for the size of the ship, an enormous space for scientific work.
LEONARDO, with her inherent manoeuvrability , low noise and shallow draft, is a technological step change in CMRE's research armoury. CMRE is very proud of this research vessel which is now forms the second of NATO's wholly owned research vessel assets.