The research cutter UTHÖRN, property of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, spends approximately 180 days a year at sea, serving science. Its It cruises mainly the German Bight, while the scientists aboard collect biological and geological samples for marine research.

"Only a trip on the Uthörn will reveal whether someone is really seaworthy. Those who can handle it have the best ship for all operations in coastal waters, a crew and a captain who make the impossible possible, and a cook who'll readily dish out a second (or third) serving. In turn, the leader of the expedition should should make sure to treat the crew to their daily share of icecream!"

Matthias Brenner, Biologist and Research Diver, AWI

The UTHÖRN is also used for educational purposes.During day trips, up to 25 passengers can experience the deployment of research equipment first hand.

The UTHÖRN, named after a small island near Sylt, hosts a wet and a dry lab which can be equipped according to the focus of research. Several trawl nets are also available. The ship was built in 1982, replacing a research cutter of the same name, which had been launched way back in 1947. Besides research, the UTHÖRN is also used to supply the Biological Institute Helgoland with samples of plants and animals.

The Uthörn at a glance

Year of Construction: 1982
Owner: Alfred-Wegener-Institute
Operator: Alfred-Wegener-Institute
Port of Registry: Helgoland
Length: 30,5 m
Beam: 8,5 m
Draught: 2,5 m
Speed: 10 knots
Nautical Crew: 5 Persons
Scientists: 2 Persons (up to 25 on day cruises)


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