Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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).

Find out where RV Pelagia is

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

NIOZ@SEA blogs

Follow the news from our researchers on board.

Wednesday 21 July 2021
Fieldwork Schiermonnikoog - mapping oyster and mussel reefs
In my line of work it is not common to get asked to accompany a fieldwork expedition. This is surprising, as a lot of the people working at NIOZ can be found in the field (or more usually, on the water) at some point in time. For a…
Wednesday 14 July 2021
MetalGate 2021 Cruise
An interdisciplinary team of 12 Marine Chemistry, Biology, and Geology scientists and technicians from the Netherlands, Canada and UK, together with the 13-headed Pelagia crew, will embark on a research expedition to the High Latitude North Atlantic…
Friday 09 July 2021
NIOZ@SEA | AQUA expedition from Azores to Iceland
Has water chemistry an effect on the propagation of sound in the ocean? The sound emitted in the ocean decreases exponentially with distance. One of the components contributing to this decrease is the absorption of sound by the seawater chemical…
Monday 28 June 2021
NIOZ@SEA | IceAGE_KR Kolbeinsey Ridge expedition to hydrothermal vents near Iceland
The marine environment around Iceland with its submarine ridges provides an area perfectly suited for investigating evolution, ecological resilience, and the impact of climate change. The hydrothermal vent fields along the ridges are biologically and…
Friday 18 June 2021
NIOZ@SEA | Survey “Deep-sea prey community and hunting whales” 64PE488
A team of 5 scientists (led by PI Dr Fleur Visser (NIOZ, UvA)) embarked on R.V. Pelagia for 6 days and 5 nights off the island of Terceira in the Azores to further extend our knowledge of deep-sea prey, hunted by deep-sea specialist whale predators…
Thursday 04 March 2021
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expedition 1-12 March 2021 'Sandeels & Seals'
Voor de derde keer vaart expeditieleider Rob Witbaard (NIOZ) uit om de relatie tussen het bodemleven (benthos) en de veranderingen in de visserij te onderzoeken. Tijdens de eerdere expedities is gebruik gemaakt van het NIOZ schip RV Pelagia, deze…
Friday 19 February 2021
NIOZ@SEA | RV Pelagia Stratiphyt-21 cruise
The ocean is teeming with life – but what many do not realize, it is mainly microscopic life! More than 70% of the living biomass in our seas and oceans is microbial. In contrast to land-life, ocean ‘plants’ (primary producers) are best to float to…
Tuesday 05 January 2021
NIOZ@SEA | Audioblogs door Threes Anna vanaf RV Pelagia op de Noordzee
Threes Anna maakte een audioreportage in 4 delen van onderzoek op de Noordzee met marien ecoloog Kees Camphuysen. Een gesprek vanaf het dak van de brug van de RV Pelagia, waar ze 10 dagen van zonsopkomst tot zonsondergang waarnemingen vastleggen over…
Wednesday 09 December 2020
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expedition 7-15 December 2020 'Sandeels & Seals'
Onderzoekers van het NIOZ en Wageningen Marine Research brengen aan boord van de RV Pelagia de bodemgemeenschappen ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden en de Noord-Hollandse kust in kaart.
Wednesday 11 November 2020
NIOZ@SEA | Cruise 64PE480: In search of Atlantic Nanoplastic
The overall goal of the cruise is to determine the total amount of plastic (macro, micro and nano) along a transect from the Azores through the N-Atlantic subtropical gyre and then towards the European shelf, English Channel and S-North Sea. The…