The Baltic Sea Centre has several ships and boats stationed at the Askö Laboratory outside Trosa. They are used for research, education, environmental monitoring and for transport to and from the field station. Anyone working with research and education related to the sea, at Stockholm University or other universities, can apply to use our vessels.
Research vessels are important basic resources at a marine research station. At the Askö Laboratory, we have provided research vessels for scientists and students since the 1970s. Our current large vessel is R/V Electra af Askö, a state-of-the-art equipped and designed to our fit several research purposes and has become an important platfom to strengthen marine research and education at Stockholm University.
The research vessel R/V Electra af Askö
Its modern technical properties of high standard makes it possible for us to understand the world below the surface already during the expedition
Christoph Humborg, Baltic Sea Centre
About the ship
R/V Electra is a 24,3 metres long and 7 metres wide ice-breaking vessel. 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.
Find R/V Electra's position in real time
R/V Electra's position is updated on a live map, on the Marine Traffic webpage.
Ship specifics, R/V Electra
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
Weather station, Vaisala WXT530
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
Book our research vessels
All prices are in Swedish SEK.
|Ship||Universities||Authorities||Full cost price|
|R/V Electra af Askö|
|Day-expedition(1)||per hour||1 300||1 900||2 400|
|Expeditions - list prices(2)|
|Student courses||Contact Eva Lindell|
|2 crew||per 24-hours||18 000||24 000||33 000|
|3 crew||per 24-hours||22 000||31 000||39 000|
|4 crew||per 24-hours||26 000||37 000||48 000|
1) Minimum charge: 4 hours
New catamaran from the summer 2021
From the summer 2021 and onwards a new research vessel will replace R/V Limanda. The vessel that was built 2014 is a 15 meters long catamaran that will be used for expeditions in Askös vicinities.
|Hull material||Glass fiber|
|Engines||2 x Cummins QSC8.3|
|Cruising speed knts||18|
|Top speed knts||21|
|AIS||AIS A, Simrad MX535B Class A|
|Accessories||Deck lift: 2 tn/2,4 m tai 0,3 tn/10 m Generator: FischerPanda; 6 kVA|
- 12 m, speed 17 knots, max. 12 passengers
Equipped with large working deck, crane, hydraulic winch, ADVETO navigation computer, sonar, microwave, refrigerator and toilet.
Other boats at Askö
- Sprattus (8.1 m, 30 knots, 11 persons)
Mostly for fast transports, run by our skippers. Can be used for diving assignments and for our Falcon ROV.
- Perca (5m, 25 knots)
Ship officer, class VIII and boat habit required to drive. Equipped with portable chart plotter. Especially adapted for diving expeditions.
- 3 open smaller boats with engine
- 1 rowing boat
Last updated: December 5, 2022
Source: Department name