Research Vessels

The GEOMAR has three research vessels of its own: ALKOR, LITTORINA and POLARFUCHS. Detailed information about the ships, contacts and schedules can be found below. Additionally you can find information about expeditions of the GEOMAR here.

Important informations for chief scientists during the corona pandemic can be found on the following intranet page.


RV ALKOR is a medium sized research vessel. She operates in the North and Baltic Sea as well as in the Kattegat and the Skagerrak. Detailed information about history, contacts and schedules can be found here.


The small research cutter RC LITTORINA is operated jointly with the Kiel University. She mainly performs cruises to the Kiel Bay and is occasionally used for trips to the Baltic and the North Sea.


The former longboat of the POLARSTERN, the POLARFUCHS, is the smallest ship in the fleet of the GEOMAR. It is used for ecological examinations in the coastal areas off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein.

Application for ship time

Forms to apply for ship time and for group accident insurance as well as further instructions can be found here.

Information for participants on cruises with research vessels of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel