The vessel "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen" is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), but is manned and operated by IMR. The vessel operates mostly along the west coast of Africa, supporting a number of bilateral science programmes between Norway and West African countries. In recent years, the vessel has also been operating in Asia.
RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen
"Dr. Fridtjof Nansen" was built in 1993 and is the second marine research vessel with this name. The vessel is named after Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous for his crossing of the Greenland and the "Fram" expedition. Nansen was oceanographer and professor in zoology. He was also one of the founders of ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea). In 1922, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts during WW1.
Shipyard: Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk AS
Length: 56.8 m
Beam: 12.5 m
GRT: 1444 brt
Accomodation: 23 cabins (33 berths)