http://www.ScienceWithoutBorders.org - What sort of a ship is needed to support 40 coral scientists at work? The M/Y Golden Shadow is a 67-meter (220 ft) logistical support vessel that carries a Cessna Caravan Amphibious aircraft. One of the Golden Shadow's most important assets is its stern elevator platform. This system is used to launch and recover the seaplane, as well as the various tenders. It has the capacity to lift up to 12 tons. The platform is also invaluable for diving access and recovery in difficult sea conditions. To ensure the safety of visiting divers, the Golden Shadow also has a recompression chamber capable of accommodating one casualty and one medic. Fully qualified medical staff members are present during all dive operations.