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Research vessels Gulf of Bothnia

At Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF), research vessels are available for research and environmental monitoring. UMF conducts regular sampling activities all year around in the Gulf of Bothnia, and when possible different projects and sampling activities are coordinated.

Open sea sampling

The research vessel KBV 181 is used for open-sea sampling in the Gulf of Bothnia.  It is owned and run by the Swedish Coast Guard, and brought into line with our needs. On board, there are well-equipped laboratories for chemical and biological analysis as well as advanced sampling equipment.

Apart from the crew of seven persons, there is room for eight persons to join the expeditions. The vessel is 56 metres in length and has a depth draught of 5.3 metres. It is assigned with ice class 1A, which means that it meets the requirements for navigation in ice.

Read more about open sea sampling with KBV 181

Coastal sampling

The research vessel R/V Botnica is available for coastal sampling and expeditions throughout the Gulf of Bothnia.


The vessel is 22.3 meters long, 4.8 meters wide and has a depth of 1.3 meters. The maximum speed is 14 knots. To better withstand ice, it is equipped with an extra thick hull in corten steel. On board there is space for 12 passengers plus a crew of two persons.

Read more about R/V Botnica