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KBV 181

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.

Equipment on board

  • Rosette sampler with 12 5 litres Niskin bottles and CTD SBE 911plus. Measures conductivity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen and PAR-radiation
  • CTD, SeaBird SBE 19plus. Measures conductivity, temperature, pressure and PAR-radiation
  • Plankton net, WP-2 90 um mesh
  • Gemini sediment corer
  • Van Veen grab
  • Grapnel
  • Meter wheel, electronic display
  • Wire winch, 300 meter, diameter: 5 mm
  • QuAAtro AutoAnalyzer
  • Incubator for analysing phytoplankton production
  • Ventilated fume hood and other standard laboratory equipment

Safety on board

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.

Contact KBV 181

Phone number to the KBV 181 laboratory staff: +46 10 404 81 57


Apply for offshore expeditions

KBV 181 is available for offshore expeditions. Read more about how to apply for time on board here.


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