The ‘Zeekat’ is a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) that can be used from the research vessel ‘Simon Stevin’ as well as from land. It is used in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the adjacent French, Dutch and English coastal waters (48°N - 56°N). The ‘Zeekat’ can also be used in the Scheldt estuary. The reinforced keel is intended to allow the vessel to run ashore on tidal banks.
VLIZ has the necessary means to bring the boat to wherever it is needed. The ‘Zeekat’ can carry up to 6 persons on board, including a captain - provided by the VLIZ.
Modular cases and instruments can be fixed by means of the rails in the deck. A generator is available to feed a portable computer or other main voltage appliances.
The ‘Zeekat’ has already been used for several research projects.
Technical specifications and equipment of RIB 'Zeekat' [details]
If you want to apply for sailing time or to discuss the time schedule, please contact Andre Cattrijsse by e-mail or at +32 (0)59 34 21 39.