Semi-rigid inflatable boat Zífio
ZÍFIO is at the service of the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries
(DOP/UAç) since 1999.
The launch-boat ZÍFIO is at the service of the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries (DOP/UAç) since 1999.
This Marshall boat is 5.64 m long being specifically for coastal research (it supports mostly scientific scuba-diving work) around the islands of Faial, Pico and São Jorge.
This launch is equipped with a Yamaha engine (90 cv) and it can speed up to 35 knots at 5,500 rpm. It has a wide prow where all the equipment for 5 scuba divers can fit easily. The maximum number of people allowed in this launch is 6 (including 1 skipper, required for boat’s manoeuvre).
The average cost of operation inputed for this boat is 50,000 PTE per day.
The launch-boat ZÍFIO is coordinated by the IMAR - Institute of Marine Research, namely the Centre of IMAR of the University of the Azores.