Research Vessel Nuliajuk

The RV Nuliajuk is a state of the art research vessel, measuring 19.5m in length, and comfortably houses 9 people, as she navigates through Nunavut waters with some local crew, researchers and her Captain. Her port of registry is Iqaluit, Nunavut, and she winters Glovertown NFLD, where she was built. To ensure preparedness the Nuliajuk is equipped with storage features, sonar, a water maker, and a wet/dry lab with a fume hood for researchers to conduct their work, safely and efficiently.


Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Janelle Kennedy (867) 975-7706
Secondary Contact Michelle Kamula (709) 464-3860

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Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment

Regular Member




Wintering location is Glovertown, NL Port of registry is Iqaluit, NU

Nearest Community
Both Glovertown and Iqaluit

Territory/ Province

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland

Facility Type
Seasonally-Operated Research Station, Seasonally-Operated Field Camp, Community Research Facility, Mobile Research Facility, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Coastal, Marine, Sea Ice

Main Research Disciplines
Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Glaciology, Mapping/GIS, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge


Satellite phone, Internet, Computer, Printer/Scanner, Fax

Local Transportation
2 Zodiacs, one 17’ and one 14’

Equipment Storage
Storage by engine room, and at fore peak. Cold storage for samples on board, and onshore storage in Iqaluit for equipment and belongings.

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities
9 bunks in 3 areas: 1 bunk (Captains); 2 bunks and; 6 bunks together

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Double fridge; 6 burner stove; seating for meals

Laboratory Facilities
Wet/dry lab and fume hood

Fuel Availability
Ability to stock up in Iqaluit, refuel in smaller communities with boats. Has a fuel capacity of 6258 G/28442 L, in 4 tanks, including 1 antiroll tank.

Research Requirements

Special Rules and Regulations
Someone always stands watch. All persons perform drills such as ‘man over drill’ and, recap safety procedures.

Local External Resources

Nearest Medical Service
Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, and any health centre or nursing station at the closest community.

Safety Considerations
Someone always stands watch. There are rifles locked in a gun case on board that can be used for emergencies, and going onto the land for protection against certain animals.


Other Information
New additions include: a multi beam crane; Sonar RH300; 2 Zodiacs; an underwater camera; Dacon Rescue Scoop; 4000 lbs. added weight; crab hauler; AIS receiver; 1 antiroll fuel tank and; a water maker.

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