Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

RV Adriaen Coenen

 RV Adriaen Coenen has replaced RV Stern

In February 2021 the NWO-I Foundation Board has approved the NIOZ investment for the construction of the second new ship in the national research fleet. The seriously outdated Wadden Sea research and support vessel RV Stern was in urgent need of replacement. Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog has won the tender. The RV Adriaen Coenen was christened on 6 July 2022 and has been transferred to the NIOZ and sailed to Texel on August 1, 2022. Her predecessor, the 50-year-old RV Stern, was sold early 2024. 

You can follow the construction of the New Research Fleet by subscribing to the newsletter (at the bottom of the linked page) or via social media @ResearchFleetNL. 

In the online magazine you can read more information on the replacement of the three national research vessels. Find all the collected background stories, reports on the design and construction of this fleet, photos and videos. 


Specifications & design RV Adriaen Coenen will be a smart, functional, distinctive and sustainable ship. With sustainability and ideal dimensions as starting points in design. Read more…
Construction Follow the construction of RV Adriaen Coenen at Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog which started in the summer June 2021. Read more...
News & images Here you can find press releases, newspages, illustrations, photos and videos on the construction of RV Adriaen Coenen. Read more...