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Blyth Marine Station and Research Vessel, The Princess Royal

Our Blyth Marine Station is based at the Port of Blyth. This state-of-the-art facility supports the operation of our Research Vessel, The Princess Royal.

Blyth Marine Station

We use this facility to enhance the learning experience of our undergraduates and postgraduates. We also use it for education and engagement with local schools and colleges.

The facility has:

  • an operational office
  • workshops for support and maintenance of the vessel and its equipment
  • a recirculating seawater aquarium
  • facilities for staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students to use when preparing for trips on the vessel
  • facilities for engineering-related outreach activities for school children
Research vessel

Research Vessel, The Princess Royal

The catamaran has established itself as the ideal platform for small research vessels due to its stability, large deck area and manoeuvrability.

Our unique marriage of the catamaran and the deep-vee hull form with anti-slamming bulbous bows gives enhanced seakeeping, efficiency and speed potential whilst maintaining its other inherent virtues.

With an operational area encompassing the North-East coast of England, it is no coincidence that the boat features tunnel sterns and the deep fore-foot of the Northumbrian Coble.

Virtual tour

Available for hire

The Princess Royal is available for commercial charter.

The flexible nature of the vessel platform makes her ideally suited for wind-farm support, marine mammal and bird survey, servicing of moored oceanographic equipment and more traditional EIA support work such as benthic trawling, sediment sampling and habitat mapping.

She is also fully equipped to support a broad range of maritime research in both the marine science and engineering fields.

We welcome enquiries and collaboration with researchers from UK and EU institutes.

If you are interested in chartering the Princess Royal in support of your work we are happy to discuss your requirements, please contact

Track the Princess Royal

You can track the Princess Royal as she sails around the North Sea by visiting and inserting the name 'Princess Royal, UK'.

Contact us 

Newcastle University
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Blyth Marine Station
Quay Road
NE24 3PA

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