Littorina Gesamt

The research cutter LITTORINA is property of the University of Kiel and is operated by the GEOMAR. Its construction was funded by the German Research Foundation in an effort to save the high charter costs for external ships.

"It's hard to imagine the German research fleet without the Littorina. With a length of around 30 metres, she may belong to the "small ones", but as far as applications and performance are concerned, she can take on the "big ones" anytime. For 33 years, she has provided excellent working conditions - especially for coastal research. From scientific diving cruises to the deployment of-state-of-the-art measuring technology - the Littorina is prepared. A big Hooray for this small ship!"

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schrottke, Institute of Geosciences, University of Kiel

The LITTORINA cruises mainly the North and the Baltic Sea, but is also suited for voyages to the English Canal and the Norwegian Coast. Even though the name ‘Littorina’ translates as ‘periwinkle’, the ship is by no means moving at a snail’s pace: Its top speed is 10 knots, or 18 kph.

On cruises of several days’ duration, the LITTORINA offers living space for 6 scientists; up to twelve can participate in day cruises. The technical equipment enables researchers to take water and sediment samples from up to 500 metres depth. Aboard, there is a diving room and diving equipment for 12 people. That is why the LITTORINA is often used for training courses and activities of the research diving group at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel. Last but not least, scientists have access to an up-to-date multibeam echosounder for shallow waters.

The Littorina at a glance

Year of Construction: 1975
Owner: Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel
Opertor: GEOMAR
Port of Registry: Kiel
Length: 29,8 m
Beam: 7,4 m
Draught: 3,0 m
Speed: 10 knots
Nautical Crew: 5 Persons
Scientists: 6 Persons (12 on day cruises)


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