Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Research vessels

For seagoing research on the shallow waters of the Wadden Sea NIOZ operates two ships: the RV Navicula and the RV Stern. The Wadden pontoon De Richel is a mobile bird observatory. In spring the pontoon is hauled to De Richel, a sandbank in the Wadden Sea, near Vlieland, where it remains until late autumn. More information on NIOZ's research vessels and fleet renewal on National Marine Facilities (NMF).