Kiel Marine Science

Research and Technology Centre West Coast of Kiel University obtains a new research vessel

Oct 30, 2017

Forschungsschiff Egidora

The Research and Technology Centre West Coast (FTZ) of Kiel University (CAU) has obtained a new research vessel. On Wednesday, October 25, the christening and official commissioning took place in Büsum (in the state of Schleswig-Holstein). The catamaran christened as “Egidora” will be deployed in the coastal waters of the North and Baltic Sea for future research projects and will provide students of coastal and environmental sciences with a mobile education platform. Hier weiterlesen

"With the Egidora at its deposal, the Research and Technology Centre has a state-of-the-art research vessel with cutting-edge technology. The investment serves to secure FTZ's research expertise in marine research in the long run," said Minister of Science Karin Prien. Professor Roberto Mayerle, Managing Director of FTZ, emphasizes: "In the context of the challenges of climate change and sea-level rise, the research catamaran is a modern operational tool that significantly extends the reach and capabilities of FTZ in coastal research and technology development."

The costs for the catamaran of 950,000 Euros were funded in equal parts by the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the German Research Foundation. The 15-meter-long and 6-meter-wide ship is made of particularly durable, fiberglass-reinforced plastic and was built in a specialized shipyard in the United Kingdom. It replaces the research vessel "Südfall", which is more than 30 years old and still equipped with a steel hull. The comparatively high cruising speed of 15 knots (28 kilometers per hour) makes it possible to reach even remote areas of the Wadden Sea quickly. A particular advantage is the low draft of 1.2 meters. The catamaran can thereby operate even in very shallow waters and dry on tidal flats without risk.

Equipped with state-of-the-art locating and sonar technology as well as facilities for the extraction of water and soil samples, the "Egidora" thus serves to train up to twelve students from different disciplines. Ship coordinator and geoscientist Dr. Klaus Ricklefs is looking forward to the first mission: "The catamaran is a very stable platform which provides a lot of space for interdisciplinary research on the shallow German coastal waters and in particular on the Wadden Sea in Schleswig-Holstein."

The naming of the research vessel has a historical background. "Egidora" is the oldest written mention of the name Eider (the river Eider) in Latin language. Linguists see two elements in this. On the one hand, the name of the Nordic sea god Aegir and, on the other hand, the word door (Low German Döör). They translate Egidora with "gate to the sea”. Ricklefs: "We thought that was a suitable name for a coastal research vessel. Apart from that, the Eider forms a kind of connecting link between the university in Kiel and our Research and Technology Centre in Büsum."

Dr. Klaus Ricklefs
Research and Technology Centre West Coast of Kiel University
Phone: 04834/604-231

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