We are very proud to present the private expedition yacht and submersible support ship ALUCIA. in the world today, she is a true hybrid – combining state of the art exploration, scientific and filmmaking capabilities with fivestar accommodation and comfort. At 183 feet, she offers the working versatility of vessels many times her size. Originally bearing the name Nadir, she was commissioned as the support ship for the French research submersible Nautile. Under the management of IFREMER, Jacques Cousteau’s government sponsored research organization, she has shown a long and successful track record in the field of global, deep oceanographic research and under her current owner for the last eight years she continues that. Unique
ALUCIA has seen the redesign and replacement of almost 100% of her pipework, wiring, machinery, joinery and equipment, as well as the addition of many new systems. A thorough reworking of her superstructure has given ALUCIA a submersible hangar, a sundeck and a helicopter pad. Every piece of steel in her hull and critical structure has been tested and brought into accordance with class requirements, and she has benefited from the application of yachtquality finish.
Pilot House To an observer sitting in the PilotHouse's comfortable settee, ALUCIA’s bridge is an overwhelming and impressive array of flatscreen monitors, switches, lights, dials, levers, handsets and keyboards, all nestled into a 34foot sculpted, metallic graphite bank beneath her six forwardraked windshields.
Twin rudders capable of moving independently can be controlled manually or via the ship’s autopilot, enabling effective manual station keeping when used in conjunction with her two 1600 horsepower main engines powering twin fixed pitch propellers and powerful 360degree diesel MTU bow thruster, which is capable of propelling the vessel at 2.5 knots, making light work of slow close quarters navigation. Modern Quantum active zero speed rollstabilization makes for a steady platform underway and while at anchor, minimizing stress on passengers and equipment. Powerful communications are available on the bridge and in the adjoining Radio Room. Her sonar capabilities are without parallel among yachts of any size and offer a critical lens through which to map potential deepdive opportunities. With the highly sophisticated equipment represented in her scientific and submersible capability, nothing has been skimped on or left to chance in the execution of ALUCIA’s onboard electronics, power generation, navigation, communication, security and control systems.
Mission Control Room The Mission Control room is the braincenter for all sonar, ROV and submersible operations. Here scientists and technicians can coordinate, monitor and record activities on deployed underwater assets, the bridge, dive deck, tenders, remote teams, and the world at large via hardwired radio and satellite communications. Four independent workstations share access to a wallmounted array of five 42” LCD monitors and a 7 terabyte server, allowing powerful collaborative control of multibeam sonar and other sciencerelated operations. Centrally located, it overlooks all dive and submersible operations and is adjacent to the Media Room and Laboratory spaces. State of the art systems converge here in a climate controlled, richly appointed suite designed with the longterm comfort of its operators in mind.
Media Room The Media Room is similarly futuristic. Two completely independent workstations allow simultaneous post production in almost any digital format, from still images to uncompressed highdefinition video. Massive RAID storage of 10.5 terabytes and automatic tape backup systems offer flexibility and security while a large common monitor and the ship’s satellite capabilities facilitate collaborative workflow with resources aboard and ashore. Sound quality is appropriate to a highend creative suite. This Apple driven editing studio will make any professional filmmaker feel entirely at home.
Aquarium Room Also adjoining the submersible hangar is an insulated and fiberglasslined walkin Aquarium Room. Specially designed for research and documentation of sea creatures in their natural environment., This space is lighttight, fully climate controlled and provides dedicated worksurfaces and storage for husbandry supplies and equipment. All plumbing for these systems is dedicated and designed to minimize contamination and acquisition of unwanted metals. A protein skimmer and professionalgrade filters along with a reservoir tank and powerful coolers allow for safe deep habitat replication even in tropical waters.
Laboratories Across the hangar, a tworoom suite provides the bulk of ALUCIA’s multiuse Laboratory Workspace. Numerous 120V and 240V outlets support flexible benchstyle worksurfaces and extensive cabinet storage. In the wet lab, a professional fume extraction system, fresh and salt water plumbed into stainless steel sinks and counters. A selfdraining floor allow for messier projects. The adjoining Dry Lab provides access to the ships interior and protection for owner and clientprovided equipment.
Medical Room Centrally located, ALUCIA’s medical room provides a single evaluation bed as well as provision to mount a tableheight stretcher/spineboard suitable for both waterrescue and airevacuation. Cabinets and drawer storage, as well as a sink, provide easy access to materials required for patient stabilization or diagnosis.
Machine Shop A large compartment provides space for ownerprovided tools and spares and workspace for maintenance of the ships electrical and mechanical systems. Space and power has been provided for the installation of a lathe, mill/drill, parts washer, and other ownerprovided equipment. This welllit room’s proximity to the Engine Room, generators and Dive Locker make it an ideal multiuse space for keeping ALUCIA in top mechanical form.
Waste Disposal For operations in sensitive habitats, effective wastemanagement is of paramount importance. A special room houses a clean burning, hightemperature incinerator for all nonmetallic garbage, which exhausts through the ships stacks. All wastewater is treated aboard in a sophisticated, chemical and bacteriafree electrolytic processor, creating a clean emissions vessel suitable for use in polar, coral and estuarine environments. This system meets the USCG and IMO standards as a type2 treatment facility. Oily water and sludge are also handled aboard, maximizing tank space and reducing the frequency, volume and expense of disposal ashore.