Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

Advanced research vessel with Rapp Marine high technology deck machinery onboard

The new Norwegian marine research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The vessel is being built as part of the United Nations' (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project and will be jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the University of Bergen (UIB) to help developing countries improve their fisheries management.

In March 2013, Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk was awarded the contract to design the vessel under the designation ST-369. The construction contract was awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan in March 2014. 

The new fishery and oceanographic research vessel will replace an old vessel of the same name, which has been navigating the African coast since 1993, carrying out in-depth research in the marine ecosystems for the EAF-Nansen Project. Dr Fridtjof Nansen will be outfitted and prepared for operations in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her primary duties will include ecosystem studies, emphasising fishery research operations.

Complete deck machinery from Rapp Marine

-We are proud to be choosen as a supplier of the electric deck machinery for this high technology research vessel, says Jakob Nielsen, VP Sales Research, Rapp Marine.

Dr Fridtjof Nansen will be equipped with electric driven fishery and scientific winches. It will include two mooring winches with a capacity to trawl 40t each, one outhaul winch at the cod end with a capacity of 3t and one CTD winch. Other fishing winches include one pelagic net drum of 40t capacity, two trawl winches of 40t, one combined Gilson and wire winch of 11t, and a multi-purpose deep sea instruments winch. It will also be equipped with one pelagic net drum (40t) and one bottom traul split net drum (26t), as well as one benthos sledge winch.

Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

Equipment list:


(Electric drive)

CTD Winch

General Purpose Winch

Sonde/Cam-Pod Winch

Bentos Sledge Winch

Optical Tow Winch

Planton Net Winch

Pentagon Control System


Fishery Winches (Electric drive)

Trawl Winch

Pelagic Net Drum

Bottom Split Net Drum

Gilson Winch

Auxilary Winches

Gilnet Hauler

Pentagon Control System for

Research & Fishery systems







Pentagon R Cbus








HMH-07 (Rapp Syd)


Pentagon F Cbus