Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

Research vessels

The NIOZ fleet of three research vessels

For seagoing research NIOZ operates three ships: the Pelagia, Navicula and Stern. Each is dedicated to a specific area of operation, from the shallow waters of the Wadden Sea to the open ocean of the Atlantic.

RV Pelagia

RV Pelagia, built in 1991 and overhauled in 2010, is the flagship of NIOZ. With an overall length of 66 m, this versatile and stable vessel is suited for research on both coastal seas and open oceans (except for the polar regions).

The Pelagia has two dry labs and a wet lab and may host up to nine laboratory containers. The ship offers berths for up to twelve passengers. Her eleven member crew is highly skilled in the handling of equipment and moorings.

Download the RV Pelagia Technical Specifications (pdf). Are you curious where the RV Pelagia is? You can find it on the map here.

Telephone (internet): +31 (0)10 7130742

Telephone (mobile): +31 (0)6 51338399

RV Navicula

RV Navicula is 26 meters long and is especially designed for research in the Wadden Sea. The ship’s limited draft makes it particularly suitable for work in shallow channels and on the tidal flats.

The ship provides a dry and a wet lab and has space on deck for a laboratory container. The A-frame on the aft side and the winches may be used for sampling and measuring.

Besides the three crew, the Navicula offers space for up to eight passengers.

Download the RV Navicula Technical Specifications (pdf).

Telephone: +31 (0)6 20622863

Fax: +31 (0)6 53283221

RV Stern

RV Stern is the smallest of our vessels, measuring 14.6 m in length and 4.2 m in width. She has two working winches and an A-frame with a total lifting capacity of 500 kg.

The Stern is equipped for day trips and is mainly used for transporting people and goods to and from the different research sites in the Wadden Sea.

Telephone: +31 (0)6 53324095

Wadden Pontoon De Richel

The Wadden Pontoon De Richel is used mainly for bird research. In spring the pontoon is hauled to De Richel, a sandbank in the Wadden Sea south of Terschelling, where it remains until late autumn. The pontoon is extremely well suited for bird watching and accommodates up to four researchers.