Research vessel Skagerak outside Kristineberg research station.
Photo: Carl Kristensson

Study Facilities on board R/V Skagerak

R/V Skagerak is the University of Gothenburg’s newly comissioned research vessel that students within the marine sciences will use throughout their education. Skagerak is equipped for teaching in all marine science disciplines: biology, geology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.

Teaching on Skagerak

Skagerak is used widely in our teaching programmes. The shortest trips are just a couple of hours long sailing just a short distance from harbour. The longest field components onboard Skagerak consist of several days at sea. In those courses, meals are served in the galley and students stay overnight in the cabins on board.

Classes on board R/V Skagerak may consist of gathering samples that students examine either onboard, or analyse results back on land, as well as taking in situ measurements using the advanced equipment on board. From the spacy aft deck, students can follow the sampling activities, for example water sampling and monitoring using the CTD, or sediment coring. The on-board labs are large, and can host groups of up to ten students.

Skagerak in the Master’s programmes

Skagerak is also used in courses in the Master’s programmes in Marine Science and Physical Oceanography. How much of your programme is taught on-board depends on your choice of Master’s programme and specialisation. R/V Nereus is used for students taking the Master’s programme in Sea and Society.

Master's students with sediment samples.
Marine geology is mucky! Master's students with sediment samples.

Research on Skagerak

Research on board Skagerak encompasses all the marine science disciplines: biology, chemistry, physical oceanography, and geology. Research within atmospheric science is also possible from the vessel. By using Skagerak’s advanced equipment and instrumentation, scientists can take samples and measurements from sediment, water, and air for investigations.

Skagerak is also an ideal platform for research with autonomous vessels and robots launched from the vessel, such as benthic landers, AUVs, ROVs, and smaller robotic equipment such as sailbuoys and ocean gliders.

A benthic lander deployed from Skagerak.
A benthic lander is used in seafloor chemistry research. The photo was taken outside the Swedish island Gotland, when R/V Skagerak was used in research on eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.

Skagerak facts

R/V Skagerak is a technological platform for marine science, education and cooperation within the fields of chemistry, oceanography, geology, biology, and atmospheric science. R/V Skagerak has equipment, instrumentation, laboratories and communication capacities to enable world class research and education. Working space on aft deck is approximately 110 square metres.

R/V Skagerak is 49 metres long, 11 metres wide and has a displacement of 1000 tonnes. The vessel has a crew of 5 and can accommodate 16 researchers and students. Area of operation is the global ocean including parts with limited ice coverage. Home port is Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.

More information

More information about R/V Skagerak on Skagerak's web site.

Virtual tour

Explore our facilities at Skagerak by taking a virtual tour.