Research Vessel “Sonne” at Emden Dockyard

December 21, 2017

After a dock period of six weeks German research vessel „Sonne“ has left Emden Dockyard according to schedule on December 17th. During her stay at the yard extensive maintenance and paint works were carried out. But also some new equipment, particularly for waste treatment, was installed and integrated.

Built by Meyer Werft and commissioned in 2014, research vessel “Sonne” is Germany’s most up-to-date research ship (“Sonne” means “sun” in English). Her length of 116 m and her width of 20,6 m makes her also the second largest German research vessel after “Polarstern”. “Sonne” is being managed by Briese Research Shipping. Her crew comprises 32 sailors while up to 40 scientists can be accommodated on board.

“Sonne” is mostly cruising in the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. Her main areas of application are, for instance, research works dealing with climate change or the consequences to the deep sea ecosystems by mining manganese nodules. For these purposes 24 well equipped laboratories, a variety of cable winches and a number of state-of-the-art acoustic sensors are available in order to conduct multi disciplinary research works in marine geology, meteorology and oceanography.

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