Cú Lir

The concept behind the Cú Lir project is that a small research vessel can be very capable as well as being safe, technologically advanced, very low carbon and having multiday multiweek endurance in remote places. Small is beautiful!

Cu Lir vessel

The Concept

The concept behind Cú Lir project is that a small research vessel can be very
capable as well as being very safe, technologically advanced, very low carbon
and having multiday endurance. Small is beautiful!

Cú Lir is a project of Orca Research Ltd, a private Irish company. Its name was
suggested by Tomás Ó hAodha, an Irish language scholar from south west Ireland. It is derived from ancient Irish mythology and in one sense means ‘champion of the sea’, in another the ‘protective hound of the sea god Lir’.

Cu Lir Research Vessel

The Concept

The concept behind Cú Lir project is that a small research vessel can be very capable as well as being very safe, technologically advanced, very low carbon and having multiday endurance. Small is beautiful!

Cú Lir is a project of Orca Research Ltd, a private Irish company. Its name was  suggested by Tomás Ó hAodha, an Irish language scholar from south west Ireland. It is derived from ancient Irish mythology and in one sense means ‘champion of the sea’, in another the ‘protective hound of the sea god Lir’.

Cu Lir Research Vessel

The Design

The Cú Lir design is by yacht designer Ed Joy of Maine and his design was converted to a full 3D Rhino model and further developed by Anthony
O’Reilly of Derry Connell Marine of Schull in conjunction with the hull constructors KM Yachts of Makkum NL. This has resulted in further improvements to an already excellent design.

The construction of Lir’s hull is now complete and has been transported by road from Makkum to the project premises in Bantry, Co. Cork for outfitting by the project team in conjunction with specialist contractors. We expect to launch the vessel in Q3, 2021.

Cú Lir will take advantage of the ongoing miniaturisation of many marine science research tools and will carry a full complement of survey and sampling equipment, including an inspection-class ROV, with the means to launch and recover items up to 1 tonne in weight by means of a 2 tonne A-frame and a 1 tonne heave compensated electric winch. Aside from deep sea activities, isotope-based studies and fisheries-related trawling work, she will be capable of almost all of the tasks that a much larger research vessel might be capable of. She will naturally carry fewer personnel but we feel that this will bring a good sense of camaderie onboard.

The Cú Lir design is by yacht designer Ed Joy of Maine and his design was converted to a full 3D Rhino model and further developed by Anthony
O’Reilly of Derry Connell Marine of Schull in conjunction with the hull constructors KM Yachts of Makkum NL. This has resulted in further improvements to an already excellent design.

The construction of Lir’s hull is now complete and has been transported by road from Makkum to the project premises in Bantry, Co. Cork for outfitting by the project team in conjunction with specialist contractors. We expect to launch the vessel in Q3, 2021.

Cú Lir will take advantage of the ongoing miniaturisation of many marine science research tools and will carry a full complement of survey and sampling equipment, including an inspection-class ROV, with the means to launch and recover items up to 1 tonne in weight by means of a 2 tonne A-frame and a 1 tonne heave compensated electric winch. Aside from deep sea activities, isotope-based studies and fisheries-related trawling work, she will be capable of almost all of the tasks that a much larger research vessel might be capable of. She will naturally carry fewer personnel but we feel that this will bring a good sense of camaderie onboard.

The project has calculated that, in general terms, the boat will have 1% of the construction cost, 1% of the operational costs and 1% of the carbon
cost of a much larger research vessel while maintaining almost all of the capability that a regional class research vessel would have.

At the moment it is envisaged that Cú Lir will specialise in detailed survey,
archaeological and other diving work as well as training of young
researchers. Training cruises will come with added sail training!

Cú Lir will be listed on Eurofleets+ and other research vessel databases when
the launch date is known. She will be available to universities and science institutes for marine research charter.

For enquiries and further information, please email us at RV@CuLir.ie
We welcome all ideas and comments.

The project has calculated that, in general terms, the boat will have 1% of the construction cost, 1% of the operational costs and 1% of the carbon cost of a much larger research vessel while maintaining almost all of the capability that a regional class research vessel would have.

At the moment it is envisaged that Cú Lir will specialise in detailed survey, archaeological and other diving work as well as training of young
researchers. Training cruises will come with added sail training!

Cú Lir will be listed on Eurofleets+ and other research vessel databases when the launch date is known. She will be available to universities and science institutes for marine research charter.

For enquiries and further information, please email us at RV@CuLir.ie
We welcome all ideas and comments.