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ROV Team

The GEOMAR ROV team comprises 8 members with the following major tasks:



Dr. James Taylor: Junior Wissenschaftlicher Leiter und Koordinator

  • Tasks: Cruise planning and coordination, logistics, administration, budgetting, data archiving, navigation, pilot

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Pieper: Technical Coordinator,  Mechanics/ Hydraulics Engineer

  • Tasks: supervisor, servicing/maintenance of mechanical and hydraulic components of the ROV system (propulsion system, hydraulic units, manipulators, hydraulic sampling systems etc.), development, design (CAD) and construction of components and scientific modules on the ROV, ROV pilot

Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Huusmann: Mediatechnology Engineer 

  • Tasks: servicing/maintenance and advancement of camera and lighting technology, management and post- processing of video data, servicing/maintenance of electronic and sensory ROV components (telemetry, pan/tilt units, navigational systems, deck control units etc.), ROV pilot

Dipl.-Ing. Patrick Cuno: IT-engineer

  • Tasks: Ethernet-based network programming, supervision of a SQL-based real-time database, interface programming for scientific modules, servicing/maintenance of soft- and hardware, ROV pilot

Dr. Inken Suck: Biologist

  • Tasks: Logistics, cruise plannung, acquisition, scientific payload, administering web pages, data archive, public relations, ROV pilot 

B. Eng. Torge Matthiessen: Mechanical Engineer

  • Tasks: Maintenance and repair of hydraulics and propulsion systems, production/ adaptation of ROV tools, ROV pilot

Peter Striewski: Mechanical Engineer

  • Tasks: Installation, operation and maintenance of electric components of the ROV system (vehichle and winch) sensors, ROV pilot

Arne Meier: Industrial Electronic Technician

  • Tasks: installation, implementing, maintenance, fault finding, repair and operation of electrical equipment , engines and hyraulics of the ROV system, servicing/maintenance of winch during deployments, production/adaptation of ROV tools, ROV pilot

Dr. Friedrich Abegg: Scientific Coordinater, Geologist - off duty



    Scientific Head 

    Dr. Friedrich Abegg
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2134
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: fabegg(at)   

    Technical Head

    Martin Pieper (Dipl. Ing.)
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-1688
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: mpieper(at) 

    Scientific Advisor

    Prof. Dr.Colin Devey
    FB4: Dynamics of the Ocean Floor
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2257
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2924
    E-mail: cdevey(at)