Operation Area of the Vessels

German Research Vessels Portal

In the field of basic marine research, Germany has a very efficient fleet of research vessels at its disposal. As universal platforms, the vessels facilitate research in all marine science disciplines and in the waters of all oceans.

This portal provides a platform for scientists working at publicly funded research institutions (universities, institutions of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, institutions of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association, institutes of the Max Planck Society, and subordinate federal authorities) to submit cruise proposals for the research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, ALKOR, HEINCKE, and ELISABETH MANN BORGESE. Proposals for secondary use of RV POLARSTERN are accepted also from scientists who are employed at a research institution outside Germany.

The decision on which research groups will be allocated access to the research vessels is made in the framework of a uniform evaluation procedure based on scientific criteria. For further information, please refer to the subpage "Evaluation".

Short cruises of one to three working days aiming at the test of scientific equipment under development can be requested directly at the ship operators (see subpage "Contact").

News and Announcements:

Proposals can be submitted following the link https://www.portal-forschungsschiffe.de/en/cruise-proposals. The deadline for submitting cruise proposals via the German Research Vessels Portal is August 31, 2021 until 10:00 a.m.

Actual Regular Call (submitted by August 31, 2021, 10:00 a.m.):
Upcoming GPF Panel session: will be announced
Feedback to proponents: will be announced

Future Call:
Submission deadline: will be announced
GPF Panel session: will be announced
Feedback to proponents: will be announced

Important note: The "Cruise Proposal Preparation Instructions" are updated consistently and the ship proposals must be composed in accordance with the current version.

Covid-19 Pandemic:
The global Covid 19 epidemic also has impact on the allocation of ship time, ship operation, and the Status Conference Research Vessels.

New: Subpage Status Conference

Ship operation
Due to worldwide travel restrictions, many of the cruises already planned for 2020 and 2021 can no longer be carried out. The research vessels SONNE, METEOR and MARIA S. MERIAN have returned to Germany and operate from and to the port of Emden solely. Cancelled cruises will be included in the cruise planning again at a later date without the need to submit a new cruise proposal. Cruises that were granted in transit tenders and have now been cancelled wil not be rescheduled.

Allocation of ship time
The GPF meetings will be held as videoconferences at the regular dates.