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IMR's Research Vessel Department

Johan Hjort

The Research Vessel Department manages and operates IMR's research vessels "G.O. Sars", "Johan Hjort", "G.M. Dannevig" and "Kristine Bonnevie" (formerly "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen"). In addition, IMR also manages and operates RV "Hans Brattström", owned by the University of Bergen, the new "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen", owned by Norad, and "Kronprins Haakon", owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute. 

The new RV "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen" left the yard in Spain January 2017 and started the first cruise from Casablanca in West Africa in May 2017. This vessel will mostly operate along the coast off Africa and in the Indian Ocean.

The research icebreaker "Kronprins Haakon" was launched in Italy in 2017. After tests in Norway, "Kronprins Haakon" set for its first scientific expedition to the Barents Sea August 2018, and to Antarctica January 2019.

"Håkon Mosby" was removed from the fleet in 2016 and was replaced by "Kristine Bonnevie".

The Research Vessel Department's main tasks

• Staff, maintain and equipe vessels owned and/or operated by the Institute of Marine Research
• Acquire, maintain and operate scientific equipment used in the vessels
• Storage, maintenance and calibration of equipment
• Enter agreements for renting vessels as required