Research Vessels


Given the in-house technological capabilities and the strong ocean sciences acumen, it was only natural iXblue should have its own shipyard. From AUSVs to 50-metre going Ocean Research Vessels, iXblue shipyard has been building state-of- the-art composite Research Vessels for the past 25 years. For the design stage, we benefit from our in-house survey company expertise, making our ships relevant survey vessels designed by surveyors.

Our clients are operating them worldwide.




  • No corrosion (low maintenance)
  • Lighter vessels outfitted with smaller engines yields same performances enhanced with lower fuel consumption (low carbon footprint)
  • Sensors Acquisition Performance
  • Second-to-none sound damper material
  • Perfect shapes for maximum hydrodynamic qualities
  • Continuous feedback from satisfied customers
  • Innovative solutions for lifting equipment
  • Flexible Architecture opened to 3rd party suppliers


  • Composite construction methods
  • Vacuum infusion
  • Moulding process (fast construction cycles, perfect shaping process)
  • Choice of propulsion (azimuthal pods, traditional, waterjets, hybrid…)



iXPatrol 40

  LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
11.95m 3.80m 30 knots 0.81m Glass / composite



triton LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
14.50m 4.10m 22 knots 1.00m Glass / composite


iXCat 50

ixcat-50 LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
15.89m 6.52m 22 knots 1.27m Glass / composite


iXCat 80

felix LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
24.90m 8.00m 13 knots 2.10m Glass / composite


iXShip 120

malraux LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
36.30m 8.85m 13 knots 3.20m Glass / composite


iXShip 140

alazizi LOA Max Beam Max Speed Draft Construction
43.10m 9.25m 14 knots 3.30m Glass / composite



  Perfect Shape Dimensions Installation onboard Type of ship Construction
CNC 5 axis
On demand On demand Any Glass / composite


Scientific Buoys

buoy COMMS Energy Environmental sensors Other sensors MISC
Satellite,radio, GPRS and GNSS receiver; realtime data access (web portal) Batteries, solar panels,
others on demand

Current weather station, temperature, salinity ...

Echo sounder,
turbidity, lux,
Multi sensors mooring lines




  • Marine Assessment & Monitoring
  • MetOcean - real time monitoring & Autonomous system deployment
  • UXO Survey
  • Bathymetric, seabed & sub-bottom survey
  • Tide, wave, swell measurement & analysis
  • Diver operations
  • Marine biodiversity survey & inventory



Application Differentiators

  • We offer sea-proven series
  • Advantages enriched with sea proven designs
  • (including the hull)
  • All our ships are IACS approved
  • Made in France
  • Client participation through every step of the design and building phases
  • In-house survey division available to provide return of experience every step of the way.

A System of systems

  • in-house vertical integration.
  • top-to- bottom engineering where the client mission sits at the top.
  • iXblue also provides equipment and peripheral systems. The RV is a C2 centre
  • Full-Range Integration with available Gondolas (suitable on all Research Vessels)
  • Survey Buoys



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    Booth: E100
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    March 14-16, 2018
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    Booth: Hall W4 booth: 4233