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ARA Cormorán

ARA Cormorán at anchor, Buenos Aires, 2009
Name: Cormorán
Namesake: Cormorant, an aquatic bird from Argentina’s littoral.
Builder: AFNE Rio Santiago, Argentina
Commissioned: 1964
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Hydrographic survey vessel
Displacement: 102 tons
Length: 25.3 m (83.0 ft)
Beam: 5 m (16.4 ft)
Draft: 1.8 m (5.9 ft)
Propulsion: 2-shaft, 2 × Diesel engines, 440 hp (330 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (13 mph; 20 km/h)
Complement: 21
Notes: Career and characteristics data from “Histarmar”.[1]

ARA Cormorán (Q-15) is a hydrographic survey boat of the Argentine Navy, built in the Río Santiago Shipyard and based in Buenos Aires. The vessel is named after the cormorant, a seabird that inhabits Argentina’s littoral, and is the fourth Argentine naval ship with this name.[1]


Cormorán is a coastal and fluvial research ship designed by the engineering team at Río Santiago Shipyard, where it was built. Its hull has a metallic structure covered with cedar wooden planks, and its superstructure is made of aluminium.[1]

It is powered by two diesel engines driving two propellers, and has a Decca TM 1226 navigation radar.[1]


Cormorán was built in the Río Santiago Shipyard. Commissioned by the Argentine Navy in February 1964, she was assigned to the Naval Hydrographic Service ((in Spanish) Servicio de Hidrografía Naval).[1]

Since then she has undertaken several campaigns, which included depth sounding, current measuring, water sampling and bottom sampling.[1]

In 2010 she supported the hydrographic surveys performed in the Río de la Plata by the Uruguayan ship ROU Sirius.[2]

In 2012 she surveyed the inner Río de la Plata, and in 2013 sounded the rivers Paraná Ibicuy and Paraná Pavón;[3] during 2014 she surveyed the Magdalena Channel of the Río de la Plata.[4]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Buque Hidrográfico A.R.A. "Cormorán"". Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  2. ^ "Apoyo a un buque uruguayo que realiza tareas científicas". Gaceta Marinera (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina. 3 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ "El Servicio de Hidrografía Naval llevó a cabo varios relevamientos". Gaceta Marinera (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina. 27 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ "La lancha hidrográfica ARA "Cormorán" efectuó trabajos de batimetría". Gaceta Marinera (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina. 9 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 10 January 2016.


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Further reading

  • Arguindeguy, Pablo (1972). Apuntes sobre los buques de la Armada Argentina (1810-1970) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Comando en Jefe de la Armada.

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