FF Helmer Hanssen

R/V «Helmer Hanssen» is a stern trawler with a hull built to ice class DNV ICE-1C, refurbished as a research vessel. UiT, the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, and the Univerity Center in Svalbard (UNIS) are the main users of the vessel. Other national and international organisations or groups are welcome to charter the vessel.

R/V «Helmer Hanssen» (formerly  R/V «Jan Mayen») was designed by Skipsteknisk A/S and built at Danyard a/s in 1988. R/V «Helmer Hanssen» is a stern trawler with a hull built to ice class DNV ICE-1C. During 1992 she was redesigned by Skipsteknisk a/s and refurbished at Båtbygg a/s as a research vessel. Since June 17, 2011, R/V Helmer Hanssen has been fully owned by UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

Research activities
  • Shrimp/fish stock assessments
  • Geological investigations (bottom cores, echosounding, accustic surveying)
  • Plankton surveys
  • Fishing gear trials and underwater surveys
  • Marine mammal surveys
  • International workshops
  • Naval training courses

Most research activities will be carried out in the Barents Sea and in ice covered areas around Svalbard.

Institution UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Country Norway
Infrastructure type Research vessel
Disciplines Biology and biochemistry
Environmental sciences
Earth sciences
forestry and fishery
Language of operation Norwegian
Keywords research vesselenvironmentbiologyfisherymarine geologygeologyeducationbiologyhigh northenvironment


Research facilities:

The R/V "Helmer Hanssen" is a multipurpose vessel, designed for fishery and marine biological, geological and oceanographic surveys in open and ice covered waters (1-2 m drift ice). The range of investigations include fish resource assessments, hydrographic and trawl surveys, geological bottom sediment sampling and acoustic registrations of the sediment layers below the seabed. R/V "Helmer Hanssen" is equipped with modern instruments and has especially designed features for improved acoustic surveying and bottom sediment sampling.

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If you're interested in using R/V "Helmer Hanssen" please contact UiT personel for the availability of the vessel.

Contact information

For further information and availability of the vessel, please contact Johnny Johansen or Simon Bjørvik.

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