University of Gothenburg
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About R/V Skagerak

R/V Skagerak is a Special Purpose Ship, designed to support multidisiplinary coastal and oceanographic research, education and commercial use. With 49 metres in length and 11 metres in breadth, the vessel is highly flexible and ready to meet the needs of both organisers and participants. Home port is Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.

Technical specifications

The research vessel (RV) Skagerak was built at Nauta Shiprepair Yard S.A. in Gdynia, Poland in 2013-2020 and completed at Falkvarv in Falkenberg in 2020-2021.
The Swedish flag ship is owned by the University of Gothenburg. RV Skagerak's operating area is sea area A (all seas) and the call sign is SEYD.
Management company (staffing and technical operation) for RV Skagerak is Northern Offshore Services (NOS). NOS is also the operating company (organisation responsible for duties according to ISM-code).

  • Class notation: Unrestricted nav, Comf noice 3, CPS(WBT), Comf-Vib 1PK, Aut-Ums, Green Passport, BWT, OWS-5ppm, Cleanship, Ice Class1B. 
  • IMO: 9776963
  • MMSI: 266459000
Work on deck at RV Skagerak.
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People on board

R/V Skagerak has 12 well-equipped cabins on board, of which five are single cabins, five are two-person cabins and two are three-person cabins.

Cabins on Skagerak
The cabins on board R/V Skagerak are well equipped for various types of expeditions.
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The vessel is classified and certified as a Special Purpose Ship (SPS).

Skagerak in Iceland
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The definition of a Special Purpose Ship

A special purpose ship is a vessel designed and built for a specific function or task, rather than for general transportation or commercial purposes. These ships are tailored to meet the unique requirements of their intended use, such as research vessels, icebreakers, dredgers, cable-layers, and military vessels.

Equipment and laboratories

R/V Skagerak is a research ship designed to meet the needs of different types of research. Read more about the equipment and laboratories on board. 

Safety drill
Safety drill on board the R/V Skagerak.
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