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R/V G.O. Sars

Named after the Norwegian marine and freshwater biologist Georg Ossian Sars, the research vessel G.O. Sars represents the flagship of the Norwegian research fleet. It was launched in 2003 from the Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk and is used during cruises of the Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen. The ship is unique and one of the most advanced research vessels in the world, being extremely quiet and very well stabilized – a great feature when working in the rough Arctic seas. It accommodates 15 crew members and up to 30 scientists in comfortable cabins, and can travel at a speed of up to 17 knots.

The G.O. Sars

For more information, please visit the links below.


During the 2009 cruise, a team from Exploration Production Inc. was filming onboard the G.O. Sars for Discovery Channel’s series “Mighty Ships”. See a trailer of the documentary below!



Or follow this time-lapse showing one year on the G.O. Sars, as viewed from the bridge camera.