Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

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. The Wadden Pontoon is used for fieldwork.

RV Pelagia This vessel is suited for research on both coastal seas and open oceans (except for the polar regions).
RV Navicula The ship’s limited draft makes it particularly suitable for work in shallow channels and on the tidal flats.
RV Stern The Stern is equipped for day trips and is mainly used for transporting people and goods on the Wadden Sea.
Wadden Pontoon Richel This pontoon is suited for bird watching in the Wadden Sea and accommodates up to four researchers.
Vlet 't Horntje This wooden vlet is used daily, already for a long time, to empty the fykes near the NIOZ harbour.
News from the Pelagia RV Pelagia sails mostly on the Atlantic Ocean, the Carribean or the North Sea. Find her current position and read the blogs.