United Nations
Environmental monitoring with one of the world's most modern research vessels
by Sweden (Government)
A new large research vessel has been commissioned and will be delivered to Sweden, in 2019. Sweden has not had its own larger research vessel since R/V Argos was discontinued in 2011 and currently Sweden rent similar vessels from Denmark and Finland.

Every year, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) carry out a variety of expeditions and surveys as part of a national environmental monitoring effort of the waters around Sweden.

SLU implements five internationally coordinated surveys annually, and uses trawling and advanced echo sounding to search for fish in the Baltic Sea, the Kattegat Sea, and the Skagerrak Strait. The aim is to collect fishery-independent estimates of the number of fish and fish fry in different areas. The surveys collect information on various species of fish, which is then used to make stock estimates and to develop advice on how much fishing is sustainable.

SMHI's oceanographic unit conducts much of the national environmental monitoring of the bodies of water that surround Sweden. The monitoring currently focuses primarily on eutrophication, the proliferation of anoxic bottoms (dead zones), ocean acidification, physical oceanography, marine biology, fisheries hydrography, climate change, and oceanographic data assimilation.

The new Swedish research vessel will also act as a research platform for independent marine research in the North Sea.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Phase I: Construction
January 2019 -
Phase II: Monitoring and Research
Other, please specify
Construction costs USD 49,000,000
Other, please specify
Yearly operating costs USD 4,000,000
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - Open ended
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources (Academic institution), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Government), Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Government), Swedish Maritime Administration (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Countries within the North East Atlantic region, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), OSPAR Commission, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), NGOs, Other Regional Seas Organizations and col
Contact information
Lars Thorell, Head of the Research Vessel, SLU, Lasse.thorell@slu.se, +46 70-557 15 07
Uppsala, Sweden
Other SDGs
United Nations