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Since she was first commissioned in 1982, the Polarstern has completed a total of more than thirty expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. She was specially designed for working in the polar seas and is currently the most sophisticated polar research vessel in the world. The Polarstern spends almost 320 days a year at sea. The ship is equipped for biological, geological, geophysical, glaciological, chemical, oceanographic and meteorological research, and contains nine research laboratories. Additional laboratory containers may be stowed on and below deck. Refrigerated rooms and aquaria permit the transport of samples and living marine fauna. Research equipment and measuring instruments are positioned with the help of cranes and winches, sometimes at extreme depths. Special sounding devices with depth ranges up to 10,000 meters and which can penetrate up to 150 meters into the sea floor are available for scientific investigations. The computer system on board continuously captures and stores meteorological, oceanographic and other data as required.
Dr. Eberhard Fahrbach
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestrasse 24, D-27570 Bremerhaven (Building F-214)
Ana Macario
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Alfred Burgermeister- Smidt-Strasse 20, D-27568 Bremerhaven
+49 (471) 4831-1435
Ship TypeResearch Vessel Icebreaker
Operating AreaBetween November and March she usually sails to and around the waters of the Antarctic, while the northern summer months are spent in Arctic waters.
Endurance320 days
Crusing Speed16 knots maximum
Lab Space5 dry labs, 1 chemistry lab, 2 wet labs, 2 PC user rooms, 1 scientific working room, 1 equipment room, 2 cargo hold, 3 cold rooms, 1 low temperature freezer, and several rooms to store dangerous goods as well as laboratories to store chemicals and other d
Power Availability20000 bhp
Berthing Space50 (55 Maximum)
Deck Space
Telemetry AvailableThe central data acquisition and distribution system PODAS provides a multitude of data obtained by the various systems installed in the labs and other scientific rooms on the RV Polarstern. Info-PCs provide online results. Direct data access from persona
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