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Expedition POS438 with RV Poseidon: De-Installation MoLab

Chief Scientist: Dr. Olaf Pfannkuche, GEOMAR Kiel

The expedition POS438 with RV POSEIDON took place between the 10th and the 18th of September, 2012. The main working area was located in the Stjernsund in Northern Norway. In this sound, where one of the most northern cold water coral reefs can be found, the MOLAB underwater observatory had been installed some months before by, among other means, using ROV PHOCA. The main objective of this cruise was the de-installation of the observatory. 

During POS438, ROV PHOCA accomplished 11 dives during which Eddy Correlation Systems were deployed and recovered, for exampled. In addition, dives were used for inspection and documentation of the working area.

RV Poseidon returend to Tromsö on the 19th of September to disembark technicians and scientists und returned to its home port in Kiel on the 27th of September 20102.

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)