The research vessel KBV 181 is available for open-sea sampling. It is used by Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF) for research and environmental monitoring in the Gulf of Bothnia. The vessel 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, sampling equipment, cabins, galley, shower and sauna. Apart from the crew of seven persons, eight persons can 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.
The Coast Guard is responsible for the security on board. Prior to each expedition the crew will hold an exposition of security regulations and routines for expedition members who haven't earlier worked on board the vessel. Safety practices for the UMF staff working on board are performed on regular basis. Guest researchers are also welcome to attend these practices.
Phone number to the KBV 181 laboratory staff: +46 10 404 81 57
KBV 181 is available for offshore expeditions from 1 June 2021. Read more about how to apply for time on board here.