Vessel Profile

Home port:
Bergen, Norway
Home port Coordinates:
Latitude: 60,5N Longitude: 5,2E
Organisation & Address:

Institute of Marine Research

P. O. Box 1870 Nordnes, 5817 Bergen, Norway

Link to Vessel Schedules:
Normal Area of Operation:

North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea

Max No of EF+ Days:
Vessel details:




Gross Tonnage

Ice class


Service speed

Max No. Scientific


No. of EF+ Scientific Berths







10 knots



Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):
  • Wet, fish sampling
  • Dry, chemistry / physics / biology
  • Chilled, climate controlled room
  • Cold store / freezer compartment
  • Wet plankton / geology / sampling
  • Dry, analysis of plankton samples
  • Wet / chemical sampling lab
  • Organic / inorganic chemistry lab
  • Tracer metal / radio activity lab
  • Mounting lab. electronic equipment
  • Clean seawater sampling room
  • Conference room
  • ROV Operating center
  • Seismic operating center
  • Acoustic operation center
CTD/Plankton sampling:

CTD and Rosette Sampler – Seabird SBE 911 w/12  bottle carousel and 4500m cable, Seabird SBE 911 w/24 bottle carousel and 6000m cable

Various types Plankton nets and Hydro-Bios Multinet Mammoth

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

EM 302, ME70, EM710, Topas PS 18

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

EK 80 18,38,70,120, 300 and 333kHz and SU90 sonar


Simrad HIPAP

Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

Calypso Giant piston corer, gravity corer, box corer, video assisted Multi Sampler (VAMS)


Hangar midship:

  • 1 x Mocness winch, 5 tons
  • 2 x CTD winches, 5 / 2 tons
  • Multi purpose sounder winch, 5 tons
  • Multinet/Mocness winch, 5 tons
  • Hydrographic/plankton winch, 1 ton
  • Deep operation winch Dynema rope 10 tons


  • Deep tow winch, 12 tons
  • Deep tow winch, 5 tons
  • Deep tow winch, optical cable 7 tons
  • Mobile Focus Winch
  • Mobile winches.

VSAT 512 MBPS, GMDSS, Iridium, GSM phone

Special features:

Silent vessel (ICES 209)

Suitable for:

All types including ROV and AUV operations

Scientific Limitations:

None specific

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

Both ROV Ægir 6000 deep sea ROV and smaller portable ROVs

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

All vessel equipment will be made available to Eurofleets+ Users on request but some large equipment may incur additional cost.  Please contact vessel operators to discuss.    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


Normal operating areas

June, July, early August, November, December

Bergen and Tromsø


Normal operating areas

April,mid- June, late September, November, December

Bergen and Tromsø


Normal operating areas

Mid-June, November, December

Bergen and Tromsø

Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV G.O. Sars at e-mail address: pern@hi.no

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

Mandatory: Valid health certificate from a seafarers doctor approved by Norwegian Maritime Authority.

Are additional medical checks required

Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

Desirable: Basic safety training (survival suit use, entering life raft etc)

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

Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

Yes, for operation in neighbouring EEZ’s e.g. UK, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Iceland, Faroes (and others as applicable).  Required to be submitted to pern@hi.no at least 6 months prior to cruise

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

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