RV Maria S. Merian

RV Maria S. Merian

RV Maria S. Merian

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RV Maria S. Merian is Germany's most modern research vessel, named after the naturalist and illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian. As of March 2006, Germany operates three other research vessels of its class, none of which are as well-equipped.

The Merian was financed by the German government and is assigned to the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research at Warnemünde, with Rostock as its home port. It is also available to several other German research institutes. Its tasks are Arctic research, research on the Gulf Stream, and seabed research to a depth of 10 km. It is manned by a crew of 21, and can additionally accommodate 22 scientists. The vessel is equipped with several laboratories. It has room for 150 tons of additional scientific equipment in accessible containers, providing flexibility in research assignments.

The ship is equipped with two azimuth thrusters, a lateral pump-jet, and satellite navigation, enabling it to automatically maintain an exact position. It can operate without any polluting emission for 48 hours, allowing it to conduct research in ecologically sensitive areas. The Merian is capable of operating in near-polar region and can handle drift ice up to a thickness of 50 cm. It is 94.80 m long, 19.20 m wide, and has a maximum draft of 6.50 m. Flank speed is , and range is up to and 35 days.

The Merian's keel was laid in June 2003 at the Maritim Ltd. wharf in Gdańsk, Poland, which...
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