Facts and information about R/V Electra af Askö

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The new ice-breaking vessel R/V Electra af Askö is 24,3 metres long and 7 metres wide. It is equipped with technical instruments for water- sediment- and geophysical sampling. Modern ship technique and low-impact engines gives her exceptional functionality to work in a larger geographical area than earlier possible within the Askö Laboratory vessel fleet. 

Basic information 

Length overall (LOA): 24,3 m
Length between PP: 20,1 m
Breadth: 7,2 m
Depth MLD: 3,5 m
Draught: 2,2 m
Displacement: 179 t
Main engines: 2 x Volvo Penta D16C-DMH 368kW/1800rpm
Speed: ~12 knots
Crew: 2-3 persons
Passengers: 35 persons
Proposed flag: Sweden
Material of hull: steel
Material of superstructure: aluminium
Operating range at full speed: 200 nm

Equipment for research 

Multibeam: EM2040, 0.4°x0.7°, 200-400 kHz (max depth 600 m)
RTK GPS: Seapath 330+ (Position accuracy xy ±1 cm + 1 ppm RMS, z ±2 cm + 1 ppm RMS, heading accuracy 0.05°)  
Motion sensor: MRU5+ (heave/pitch/roll)
Sub-bottom profiler: Topas PS40, 24ch, parametric (35-45 kHz/1-10 kHz)
Midwater split-beam sonar: EK80, 70 kHz/200 kHz
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP): Workhorse Mariner, 600 kHz (range up to 150 m)
SVP (Sound velocity/pressure): Valeport (mounted in the hull)
SVS (Sound velocity sensor): Valeport MiniSVS
CTD: Seabird 911+, 12 x 5l, O2, turbidity, CDOM, ChlA sensors
Winches: InterOcean winch on aft-deck for handling up to 1.5 ton equipment, 600 m long 11.4 mm Ø wire. InterOcean heave compensated oceanographic winch for handling of CTD and light sampling gear,  600 m long 6.5 mm Ø wire.
A-frame: 5 t
Cranes: 1 x 1,5 t, 1 x 0,5 t
Lab space: seawater intake, fume hood, lab space of 31 m²
Container space: 10 foot container on aft-deck
Device room: 14 switch displays


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).