Pioneering Welsh research ship Prince Madog celebrates 20th anniversary
The role of a research ship that has been helping to educate and train marine scientists for the past 20 years has been celebrated by Bangor University.
The Prince Madog is the UK’s only fully seagoing research vessel that focuses on shallower coastal areas and is used to help ensure the seas around Wales are clean, safe, productive and biologically diverse.
The university works in partnership with the Welsh Government with data collected by the vessel helping to fulfil marine and fisheries evidence requirements.
Professor Paul Spencer, Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Prince Madog has been an asset to Wales, the UK and internationally, both in education and research.
“The impact of School of Ocean Sciences research over decades is remarkable. It has changed science in a number of spheres, re-written textbooks and played an important role in supporting the continued sustainable development of the marine environment.
“We look forward to many more years of ground-breaking research and impact from the decks of the Prince Madog.”
The present Prince Madog came into service in July 2001 after the previous research ship, also called Prince Madog, was decommissioned.
The 390-tonne purpose-built vessel features state-of-the-art equipment and is designed to take up to ten scientists and 20 students.
Some of the achievements of the Prince Madog over the past two decades include finding better ways to assess the impact of trawling on seabeds and developing the use of sonar to detect shipwrecks and locate the best places to place seabed structures.
The ship takes its name from a legend that’s featured in a 15th-century poem about a Welsh explorer, Prince Madog, who was said to have discovered America.