Vessel Profile

Home port:
Helsinki, Finland
Home port Coordinates:
60.16180513091485, 24.901571059393724
Organisation & Address:

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Marine Research Centre. Latokartanonkaari 11 FIN-00790 Helsinki, Finland

Normal Area of Operation:

The Baltic Sea, from N 53  ̊ to N66  ̊, and E 10  ̊ to E30  ̊, all conditions and seasons. Oceans with no restrictions, Polar areas in spring, summer and fall.

Max No of EF+ Days:
Vessel details:




Gross Tonnage

Ice class


Service speed

Max No. Scientific


No. of EF+ Scientific Berths




1969 RT

Ice 1A*, PC6 or 7 in 2020.

Yes, DP1




Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):

Laboratory space 260m2 including 5 labs (biological, nutrient, hydrography, isotope, flex) wet lab, 3 clima rooms. Sampling facility 132m2, sampling deck 190m2, capacity for 3 20’ containers, or 6 10’ containers, or combination. Specific fish handling container lab. Underway complete flow through system with fluorometers, thermo-salinometers, sampling automatics, underway ADCP, complete meteorological station w/ ceilometer (Vaisala). Freezers (-18 ̊, -80 ̊), complete nutrient analysis onboard (SEAL)

CTD/Plankton sampling:

SBE 911 CTD w/ 12 bottle Rosette sampler 4000m deployment, HydriBios serial water sampler, Towed plankton and hydrography samplers (Utow, AquaShuttle, MultiNet Midi), complete set of HydroBios vertical plankton nets (Phytoplankton, WP-2)

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

Shelf depth (500m) Multibeam system and SSS under procurement, installed in 2019-2020 in drop keel and separate SSS winch system. Single-beam chirp 12-22 kHz (drop keel), single-beam12 kHz (hull), both attached to Meridata high-definition sub-bottom profiler system. 28 kHz single-beam for CTD work, 50 kHz single-beam for use in back deck instrument operations/installations (e.g. piston corer), ADCP

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

EK60 38kHz, EK80 with 38, 70, 120, 200 and 333kHz; Scanmar trawl control system, Marport trawl control system



Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

Van Ween, box corer, Gemax sediment samplers


Deck crane SWL 20 kN/16 m, 30 kN/ 8 m

Aft A-frame SWL 50 kN/100 kN + towing winch

CTD winch cables (5/16 “ 1-H213A)

CTD winch 1 4000 m,

CTD winch 2 500 m,

Hydrographic winch 1500 m

Slipring winch for towed vehicles, 300m, remote control

Slipring winch for SSS towing, 400m, remote control



Inmarsat – C





Fleet Broad Band (FBB)

VHF Aero

VSAT (communication (VOIP), internet, TV)

Special features:

Aranda has battery capacity to run at DP or slow manoeuvre mode for 15-30 mins (depending on weather) with only the double-insulated auxiliary diesel generator running. Good ice navigation capacity, ice pressure measurement system, possibility to launch a small CTD through moon pool in ice. Easy access to work/dive boat and on ice through a side door. Extensive diving operations facilitated by high capacity breathing air compressor, mixed gas capacity and work/dive boats.

Suitable for:

Biological, chemical and physical oceanography, pelagic trawling to 300m, Fisheries acoustic surveys, Hydrographic survey, Oceanographic surveys, Mooring deployments, Benthic surveys, operation of ROV/AUV systems, diving facilities, ice research facilities

Scientific Limitations:

No experience of seismic surveys, no facilities for long corers or streamer systems.

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

DP-system, a space for maintenance 15 sqrm,

A room for ROV operation (Acoustic lab), temporal cable installation, A-frame & crane for deployment/retrieval

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

All vessel equipment will be made available to EurofleetsPlus Users on request.  Technical support on vessel equipment will be available during the entire survey.

Vessel availability by location and by year/time of year for Eurofleets+:



Availability by Month

Ports of operation in the period of availability


The Baltic Sea/possibly Arctic

1-2 week slots avialable around the whole year,



The Baltic Sea/possibly Arctic

1-2 week slots availabl around whole year



The Baltic Sea/possibly Arctic

1-2 week slots available around whole year


Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV ARANDA: Juha.Flinkman@syke.fi

Medical certification required for joining the vessel and the list of acceptable certificates.

For scientists joining a cruise, a seafarer’s medical certificate is required. A SAR course (“light” 1-day version) is appreciated, and can be organised for participants. More detailed information available from Mr. Panu Hänninen, panu.hanninen@ymparisto.fi 

Are additional medical checks required

Only divers are required to have a valid diver’s health sertificate along with professionla scientific diver’s certificate

Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

SCTW Personal survival techniques  training

Additional certification required e.g. Ship security awareness / other


Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

Yes, when operating in neighboring countries territorial and EEZ waters. Usually minimum of 6 months handling time required prior to cruise. Clearance is handled by R/V Aranda office.

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

Additional clearance is required for operation within specific Finnish coastal defensive zones. Aranda office will handle permits, but allow for at least 3 months handling time prior to cruise.

Finland’s National Research vessel, 66.3m long. Commissioned 1989, major refit 2017-2018. Operates currently ca. 200 days per annum. DNVGL Class 1A Research Ship E0 Ice(1A) Battery power.

Silent class R (approval in progress).

Special purpose ship code (max 60 persons).

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