Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

News from the Pelagia

Where is the Pelagia?

The RV Pelagia is the NIOZ flag ship. She is built in 1991 and overhauled in 2010. 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).

Follow the current position of our flag ship via this map.

NIOZ@SEA blogs

Follow the news from our researchers on board.

Tuesday 04 February 2020
NIOZ@SEA | GoM2020 expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico
The mighty Mississippi river and its Atchafalaya branch bring in vast amounts of sediment material and dissolved nutrients into the northern Gulf of Mexico. By doing so, these rivers have an enormous impact on the chemistry and biology in the water…
Wednesday 04 December 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Sinkhole expedition to the Sababank
From 5 to 18 December, NIOZ and Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) are organizing an expedition to the Saba Bank, near the Dutch island of Saba in the Caribbean. Experts on board the research vessel Pelagia hope to gain more knowledge about the…
Monday 21 October 2019
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expedition 22-29 October 2019 'Eels & Seals'
Deze week zijn onderzoekers van NIOZ, Naturalis en Wageningen Marine Research aan boord van het onderzoeksschip Pelagia. Wat ze gemeen hebben is een grote interesse in het leven in en op de bodem van de Noordzee; van mollusken als het…
Monday 07 October 2019
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expedition PE462
In 2019 three Pelagia cruises are organised to study the carrying capacity of the North Sea. Each cruise will last 2 to 3 weeks and follows different routes to cover and describe the various parts of the ecosystem of the North Sea. Follow the blog of…
Friday 23 August 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Curacao mapping
A group of scientists from NIOZ, MARUM and ZMT are heading to Curacao to gather data on the modern and fossil reefs surrounding the island. Their expedition will last from August 23rd until September 3rd, and they will use state-of-the-art approaches…
Tuesday 13 August 2019
NIOZ@SEA | RV Pelagia Sargassum Cruise PE-455
The holopelagic species of Sargassum (i.e. S. natans and S. fluitans), which are normally associated with the Sargasso Sea, have begun forming unprecedented accumulations and subsequent strandings on the western coast of Africa, northern Brazil, and…
Wednesday 03 July 2019
NIOZ@Sea | Communities at hydrothermal vent Rainbow
Hydrothermal vents are biologically and geochemically extraordinarily active environments in the deep sea that hold answers to our understanding of life under extreme conditions, early life evolution, and global element cycles. In this blog NIOZ…
Tuesday 18 June 2019
NIOZ@Sea | The mysteries and secrets of Whittard Canyon
Canyons might form important pathways for carbon transport to the deep-sea. How does that work? Follow the blogs of NIOZ researchers aboard R.V. Pelagia as they cruise the Whittard Canyon complex situated in the Bay of Biscay.
Thursday 13 June 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Joining the MiningImpact2 expedition of RV Sonne
The arrival of the German research vessel Sonne in the port of Vancouver, Canada, on Monday 27 May, marked the end of a 3-months scientific expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Four NIOZ scientists…
Monday 13 May 2019
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expeditions 2019
In 2019 three Pelagia cruises will be organised to study the carrying capacity of the North Sea. Each cruise will last 2 to 3 weeks and follows different routes to cover and describe the various parts of the ecosystem of the North Sea. On May 8th the…