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Expedition POS434 with RV Poseidon: Installation MoLab

Chief Scientist: Dr. Olaf Pfannkuche, GEOMAR Kiel

On 27th of May, 2012, RV Posidon left Bergen, Norway, heading for the Sjernsund in Northern Norway. In this sound, which is located between Tromsoe and Hammerfest and  which hosts one of the northernmost cold water coral reefs, the underwater observatory MoLab was to be installed. One of the tools to do so was the "small" GEOMAR ROV PHOCA.

During its maiden trip, PHOCA accomplished 7 scientific dives despite some technical problems. Its main tasks were reconaissance, inspection and documentation of the sea floor and the deployed MoLab modules, as well as the deployment of autonomously measuring tools, e.g. Eddy Correlation System. 

RV Poseidon arrived at Tromsoe on the 7th of June for disembarkation of most scientists and technicians, and returned to Kiel on the 15th of June, 2012.

Photos (unless otherwise noted): ROV-Team GEOMAR; for enquiries on utilisation of image material please contact Public Relations Dept GEOMAR or Dr. Friedrich Abegg.


  • 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)