The Marion Dufresne can carry numerous containers and has a helideck.
From 2020 the Marion Dufresne will be equipped and able to deploy seismic equipment, the Penfeld penetrometer and the Victor 6000 ROV.
The Marion Dufresne has a surface area of 650 m2 dedicated to scientific activities.
Of the ship’s nine decks, deck F is equipped with a Scientific Operations Room, IT rooms, a multipurpose laboratory and a conference room.
Deck E features scientific laboratories and the afterdeck.
An oceanographic hold is situated on deck C and an oceanographic store on deck D.
Heavy sampling integrated stern system (SIAMOIS)
Light oceanology facilities starboard (ILOT system)
Ethernet network: 200 sockets (1Gps) and WiFi cover in the work areas. Renewed in 2015.
Servers and data storage: VMWare virtualization, 50 TB of storage for scientific data. Renewed in 2018 and 2019.
Monitoring: SDI video monitor array connected to all the acquisition and operating stations.
The ship is fitted with diesel electric propulsion
The ship also has a bow thruster (1 x 740 kW).