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Research vessel Meteor

Length: 97.5 metres; width: 16.5 metres
Length: 97.5 metres; width: 16.5 metres
© FS Meteor

Length: 97.5 metres; width: 16.5 metres
Length: 97.5 metres; width: 16.5 metres
© FS Meteor


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maximum speed: 11.5 knots, maximum time at sea: 50 days
maximum speed: 11.5 knots, maximum time at sea: 50 days
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gross registered tonnage: 4000, load capacity: 110 tons
gross registered tonnage: 4000, load capacity: 110 tons
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Meteor is Germany's second largest research vessel and is used for basic research in a number of scientific disciplines, including the study of air, water, organisms and the earth's surface. The ship accommodates 28 research personnel and operates in the Atlantic, the eastern Pacific, the West Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea.

The Meteor is the property of the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which financed the building of the vessel. Operating costs are financed 70:30 by the DFG and the BMBF. The scientific itinerary is coordinated by the Senate Commission on Oceanography. The operation of the vessel is managed by the German Research Vessels Control Station at the Institute of Oceanography, University of Hamburg.

By funding the research vessels as central research facilities, the DFG ensures a fair distribution of ship time according to scientific quality criteria. The Meteor, like the Maria S. Merian, is available to all German marine researchers in accordance with generally accepted rules.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Meteor deals with questions about the employment of the vessel and questions relating to its operation; in particular, it determines the yearly budget and decides on the use of the vessel, taking into consideration the various interest groups.

Appointed members:

  • Robert Bronsart, Rostock
  • André Freiwald, Wilhelmshaven
  • Jürgen Mienert, Tromsø, Norway
  • Michael Schulz, Bremen (Chairman of the Senate Commission on Oceanography

Ex-officio members:

  • Volker Kabott, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Kristian Remes, DFG

Permanent guests:

  • Dagmar Heuer, Hamburg (Representative for the Administration of the Ship Pool)
  • Detlef Quadfasel, Hamburg (Scientific Manager, German Research Vessels Control Station)

Ship Time Requests

If you are a scientist at a publicly financed research institution, you can apply for ship time on Germany's large and medium-sized research vessels for oceanographic research projects:

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