University of Gothenburg
New Research Vessel Skagerak moored at quay.
New R/V Skagerak moored at Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.
Photo: Calle Thorén

Facts R/V Skagerak

A new modern research vessel for research and education. R/V Skagerak is 49 metres long, 11 metres wide and with a displacement of 1000 tonnes. Home port is Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.

Technical specifications

Ship data

Built by: Nauta Shiprepair Yard S.A. in Gdynia, Poland 2013-2020, completed at Falkvarv in Falkenberg, Sweden 2020-2021
Owner: University of Gothenburg, since 2020
Management company (staffing and technical operation): Northern Offshore Services
Company (organisation responsible for duties according to ISM-code): Northern Offshore Services


Length over all (L.O.A.): 49.1 m
Width: 11.00 m
Max. draft (draught, incl. blister): 4.13 m
Gross tonnage: 916
Freeboard, working deck: 2.1 m
Main engines: 4 • Volvo-Penta D16, diesel-electric operation, propeller engine 1120 kW
Electricity: Power outlets for 400 V 125 A (for ROV), 400 V 32 A and 230 V 16 A (on deck and in hangar), 230 V 10 A in the laboratories.


Speed: Service speed 11,5 knots, max. speed approx. 14 knots
Range: Sea area A (all seas)
Time at sea: up to 3 weeks
Fuel: 86 m3
Fresh water: 46 m3, as well as possibility to produce fresh water on board


The bridge is equipped with a pilot-copilot system, i.e. with place for two navigators. The equipment consists of, for example:

  • 2 radar systems
  • Full ECDIS, paper nautical charts are not needed

People on board

There are 12 cabins on board, of which 5 single cabins, 5 two-person cabins and 2 three-person cabins.


Normally 5-7 persons depending on length and purpose of expedition.


Numbers depends on length and purpose of expedition.
Cabins can be used as below, depending on the duration and nature of the expedition.

  • 5 crew members + 16 scientists
  • 6 crew members + 14 scientists
  • 7 crew members + 12 scientists

On day trips a larger number of special personell can be on board.


The vessel is classified and certified as a Special Purpose Ship.

Equipment and laboratories

Scientific equipment

Deck lifting equipment: 

  • Moveable A-frame: reach 7 metres, 8 tonnes at 7 metres
  • CTD-/hydrographic frame: LARS (launch and recovery system), 3 tonnes at 3 metres
  • Two electric general purpose winches: 2000 metres (16 mm) wire, 2 tonnes
  • Oceanographic winch: 2000 metres (12 mm) fiber-optic and electric cable, 4 tonnes
  • CTD/ROV-winch: 4000 metres (8.3 mm) fiber-optic and electric cable, 4 tonnes
  • Plankton winch: 1000 metres (6 mm) kevlar line, 2 tonnes

Instruments on board

  • CTD (Sea-Bird SBE 911) incl. turbidity, fluorescence, transmission, oxygen and PAR
  • Rosette water sampler (SBE 32, 24 bottles)
  • Ship mounted ADCP (RDI; 150/600 kHz)
  • Weather station: Observator OMC. Wind speed/direction, air pressure, temperature and humidity
  • Hydroacoustic equipment: Multibeam echo sounder EM2040 Kongsberg

  • Subbottom profile: TOPAS Kongsberg

  • Underwater positioning system: HIPAP Kongsberg

  • Radiation: Kipp & Zonen, PAR and Pyranometer


  • Sea water laboratory, 9 m2
  • Atmospheric laboratory, 11 m2; mainly for studies of atmosphere and air
  • Dry laboratory, 13 m2; work places, fume hood
  • Main laboratory, 29 m2; fume hood, chemical storage area, work places
  • Hangar, 38 m2; deploy area for CTD etc., space for sorting of samples
  • CTD room, 9 m2; work places for control of LARS & CTD-winch

All laboratories except Atmospheric Laboratory and Dry Laboratory have access to sea water.

Free working area, aft deck: Approx. 110 m2


Communication equipment according to SOLAS-standards, completed with:

  • VSAT equipment for communication and data traffic
  • Iridium telecommunication
  • Telephone modem for data and telecommunication when the vessel operates in coastal areas

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