RV Augusta is owned by the University of Helsinki and based at Tvärminne Zoological Station (TZS). It is used primarily for one-day sampling trips from TZS.

The vessel has a wet laboratory with fume hood cabinet, a climate chamber for sample incubation and a fridge and freezer for sample storage. The vessel has a dry lab with a large screen for presentations and own Wi-Fi net and monitor systems for basic environmental data. The vessel carries standard sampling equipment such as water samplers, plankton nets, sediment corers and grabs, dredges and trawls, and handheld probes (CTD, oxygen). It has capability for small-scale moorings and deployments up to 1000 kg. The crew consists of a skipper and one engineer.

Technical specifications:

Built 2019, Kewatec AluBoat, Kokkola, Finland

Length overall 18.5 m
Beam 6.9 m
Gross tonnage 73 t
Net tonnage 22 t
Draught 1.7 m
2 x Volvo IPS 490 hp with DPO
Cruising speed 18 knots
Range 20 h at cruising speed
1 x Fassi type crane on fore deck with capacity of 300 kg and 150 m wire
1 x Fassi type crane on aft deck with capacity of 1000 kg with 60m wire and 500 kg with 200m wire
1 x capstan and 1 x rope lock for buoy anchor handling and also a smaller boom for handheld samplers.


Tvärminne Zoological Station

University of Helsinki


Research coordinator Joanna Norkko
Skipper Göran Lundberg