R/V Electra


R/V Electra

Stockholm University's new research vessel

Stockholm University Baltic Sea centre has been building a new research vessel for research in the Baltic Proper. The vessel, R/V Electra, was delivered in june 2016. Advanced tests will be performed the coming months so research can start as soon as possible.

- This new vessel will make a great difference for how marine researchers at our university can work with many different marine questions and promote collaboration across disciplines, says Christoph Humborg, scientific leader at Baltic Sea Centre. Its modern technical properties of high standard will make it possible for us to understand the world below the surface already during the expedition.

Modern equipment

The new ice-breaking vessel is 24,3 metres long and 7 metres wide. It is equipped with technical instruments for water- sediment- and geophysical sampling. Thanks to modern ship technique and low-impact engines R/V Electra has exceptional functionality to work in a larger geographical area. This enhances the research range reachable with the Askö Laboratory vessel fleet.

Read the ship specifics & info

Läs om R/V Electra på svenska

To the vessel-blog (in Swedish)

R/VElectra af Askö

High-tech moss animal to help us understand the Baltic Sea

At 24 metres long and packed with high-tech equipment, Stockholm University’s new research vessel R/V Electra af Askö has been carefully adapted to research in the Baltic Sea. The vessel will give researchers across an array of disciplines a more complete picture of the Baltic Sea.

New vessel at Askö Laboratory

The Erling-Persson family foundation decided in 2013 to contribute with 30 mSEK to Stockholm University for building a new modern ice-breaking research vessel. In July 2014 a contract was signed with a shipbuilding yard. The vessel was delivered in june 2016.


Humborg, Christoph
Scientific leader Baltic Sea Centre

Kautsky, Lena
Senior advisor

Ericsson, Susann
Skipper and coordinator

Murphy, Mattias
Skipper and technician

Thomas Strömsnäs
Commander, R/V Electra

About Electra in the news!

Construction proceedings


The vessel group has been writing and published photos and movies about the intense contruction proceedings at the yard (in Swedish).