The research vessel HEINCKE was designed for longer research cruises. During her expeditions to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, she can stay at sea up to 30 days without having to call at a port.

"More than the technical equipment, it's the wonderful crew aboard the Heincke, who make the ship an excellent tool of modern marine research."
Dr. Alexander Schröder, Biologist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute

Operator of the HEINCKE is the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research. The ship was named after Friedrich Heincke, who in 1892 became the first director of the “Royal Biological Institute Helgoland”, an institution which today belongs to the Alfred-Wegener-Institute. The ship replaced the research vessel FRIEDRICH HEINCKE, which was decommissioned in 1990.  The new HEINCKE currently undergoes reconstruction: The ship technology was modernized recently; the scientific equipment will be updated in 2009.

The Heincke at a glance

Year of Construction: 1990
Owner: Ministry of Education and Research
Operator: Alfred-Wegener-Institut
Port of Registry: Helgoland
Length: 54,2 m
Beam: 12,5 m
Draught: max. 4,16 m
Speed: 12,5 knots
Nautical Crew: 11 Persons
Scientists: 12 Persons


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