The POSEIDON was built in 1976 and belongs to the pool of midsize German research vessels. The ship, which was named after the ancient Greek god of the seas, is deployed mainly in the Northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

"Getting a submerible into and out of the water within just five minutes - that's possible only on the Poseidon with her low working deck. That's why for us, she's still THE perfect ship for the deployment of submersibles."

Karen Hissmann, Logistician of the JAGO submersible

The POSEIDON is easy to navigate and retains a stable position even in heavy seas. In the early 80ies, the Kiel-based vessel was upgraded for expeditions to explore the deep sea.

From 1902 to 1945, a German research steamer called POSEIDON existed, which was used mainly for fishing research. On the second POSEIDON, however, the focus of research is rather on oceanography, marine biology and geology. For these research activities, the POSEIDON is equipped with five laboratories, winches, cranes and echo sounders. Some pieces of mobile equipment, such as a multibeam echo sounder and a water sampling rosette, can also be used with other vessels. Furthermore, the POSEIDON is well-suited for the deployment of the submersible JAGO. 

The Poseidon at a glance

Year of Construction: 1976
Owner:  Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
Operator: GEOMAR
Port of Registry: Kiel
Length: 60,8 m
Beam: 11,4 m
Draught: max. 4,4 m
Speed: max. 12,5 knots
Nautical Crew: 16 Persons
Scientists: 11 Persons


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