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ROV Team

The GEOMAR ROV team comprises 9 members with the following major tasks:



    Dr. Friedrich Abegg: Scientific Coordinater, Geologist

    • 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

    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

    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. Matthias Bodendorfer: Mechatronics Engineer

    • Tasks: Installation, operation and maintenance of electric and electronic components of ROV System (vehicle and winch), sensors, ROV pilot

    B. Eng. Torge Matthiessen: Mechanical Engineer

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


    • 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

      Dr. Peter Linke
      Technik- & Logistikzentrum
      Tel.: 0431 600-2115
      Fax: 0431 600-1601
      E-mail: plinke(at)