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FF Helmer Hanssen

R/V «Helmer Hanssen» (earlier R/V «Jan Mayen») was designed by Skipsteknisk A/S and built at Danyard a/s in 1988. R/V «Helmer Hanssen» is a stern trawler with a hull built to top ice class (DnV Ice 1A). During 1992 she was redesigned by Skipsteknisk a/s and refurbished at Båtbygg a/s as a research vessel. Since June 17, 2011 The University of Tromsø is the owner of  R/V «Helmer Hanssen». Tromsø Offshore is hired for management of the ship. Various departments representing The University of Tromsø, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen and the Univerity Center in Svalbard (UNIS) are the main users of the vessel. Other national and international organisations or groups are welcome to charter the vessel.

Research facilities

The R/V "Helmer Hanssen" is a multipurpose vessel, designed for fishery and marine biological, geological and oceanographic surveys in open and ice covered waters (1-2 m drift ice). The range of investigations include fish resource assessments, hydrographic and trawl surveys, geological bottom sediment sampling and acoustic registrations of the sediment layers below the sea-bed. R/V "Helmer Hanssen " is equipped with modern instruments, and has especially designed features for improved acoustic surveying and bottom sediment sampling.

Research activities

  • Shrimp/fish stock assessments
  • Geological investigations (bottom cores, echosounding, accustic surveying)
  • Plankton surveys
  • Fishing gear trials and underwater surveys
  • Marine mammal surveys
  • International workshops
  • Naval training courses

Most research activities will be carried out in the Barents Sea and in ice covered areas around Svalbard.

For further information please contact Johnny Johansen.

Acoustic transducers:

Echo sounder (fishfinding) Simrad split beam ES38-B, s.b. ES120-7
Echo sounder Scifish multibeam transducers
Bottom penetr. echo sounder ORE 137 (16 elements)
ADCP sounder RD-VM 75
Sonar sounder Furuno 180 kHz (CSH 70)

Electronic instrumentation (research)

Sonar (fishfinding) Furuno colour scanning CSH 70
Echosounder (fishfinding) Simrad ER-60 (18/38/120 kHz)
Bottom penetration echo sounder Geopulse 5430A, Geopulse 5210A, EPC 9800
Current profiler RDI ADCP-75 (Acoustic Doppler Cur. Pro.)
Scanmar CGM Various sensors (height, spread, temp,..)
Hydrographic equipment Seabird 911 Plus with compact rosette (12 btl.), fluorescence-meter
Satelite comm. Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat-C, Mini-M satellite telefon
Desktops 1 x Pentium PC, 4 x Compaq PIII 800 MHz with CDR, TP-Network

Laboratories and stores

Data processing centre, 55 m² This is the operation and analysis centre for all acoustic instruments and work stations. The room is also suitable for lectures and meetings.
Diving store This is the storage room for diving equipment. Filling stations for bottles 200/300 bar (Bauer Capitano)
Netmending room, 43 m² Suitable for construction and repair of fishing gear sections and other gear. Some space for net storage.
Isotope room, 5,5 m² Room with special equipment for the treatment of radioactive samples.
Wet laboratory, 30 m² Initial treatment of samples including sediment cores, water samples and plankton. Samples are transported to the laboratory by an elevator
Hydrography lab., 13 m² From this room the CTDO and hydrographic sampling instruments are operated via a hydraulic gate in the side of the vessel.
Main lecture room, 40 m² Lecture room which accomodates 30. Equipped with overhead, dias etc.
Lecture room, 23 m² Separated from the main lecture room by sliding doors. Working stations for scientific staff/students
1. Laboratory, 30 m² Separated from the lecture rooms by sliding doors. Equipped for further analysis and preparation of geological, plankton and water samples
2. Laboratory, 19 m² For analysis and preparation of fish, shrimps etc.
3. Laboratory, 24 m² Preliminary handling of fish and shrimp samples. Length measuring and weighing stations
Freezing storage, 4 m² Storage of smaller fish/shrimp samples
Cool storage 13+3,5 m² Storage of different types of samples (geol.core sections, plankton, etc.)
Refrigerators 1 x 30°C and 1 x 80°C

Special equipment

Transducer-centreboard A 3,5 x 1,0 m section can be lowered 3,5m below normal keel level. Carries all acoustic transducers
Sediment core sampler 15 m long sediment cores can be taken from depths to 4000 m. Instruments can be operated through a trunk in the vessel
Boxcores Different sizes are operated by cranes and trawl winches.
Diving equipment Compressor, 200/300 bar
CTDO-winch Capacity of 4000 m cable
Hydrography winch Capasity of 3000 m cable
Dredge winch 1 x 3 tonnes, 3500 m wire (Ø 12 mm)
Trawleye winch Capasity of 2400 m cable (Ø 11,4 mm)
Trawl systems Double 50 m long trawlways for bottom trawling and 4 sweepline winches
Net drum 1 x 25 tonnes (12,5 m³) for pelagic trawls
Fishing gears Commersial sizes of shrimp and fish trawls, bottom and pelagic sampling trawls, plankton trawls
Fish/shrimp plant 10,5 tonnes of fish or shrimps can be plate frozen/24 hours + fresh/iced fish/shrimps
Crow's nest Placed 15 m above sea level on the roof of the bridge. Heated, 360° view

Technical specifications and equipment

General arrangements:

  • Bridge deck: The wheelhouse covers 100 m² and windows give almost a 360° view. Modern instruments, all winch controls at the rear, radio room and lounge.
  • Boat deck: Data processing centre of 55 m², 4 cabins, laundry.
  • Forecastle deck: 7 cabins, galley, mess/lounge, food storage, laundry, ventilation room, diving room, lifeboat and liferafts, m.o.b.-boat.
  • Shelter deck: 4 cabins, sick-bay, laundry, 33 m² wardrobe, drying room, 43 m² net storage/net mending room, 50 m x 4,5 m double trawlways, mechanical workshop, elevator for samples to main deck, 3 laboratories covering 49 m².
  • Main deck: 6 cabins, 40 m² lecture room, 23 m² lecture room, 2 laboratories covering 50 m², 1 wet laboratory of 24 m², 3 cool/freeze storage rooms covering 10 m², 200 m² fish/shrimp handling/processing plant.
  • Below main deck: Engine room, 500 m³ freezing hold, 200 m³ cooling hold, 150 m³ dry cargo storage.

Main features


Length o.a. 63,80 m
Length p.p. 55,55 m
Breadth mid. 13,00 m
Depth to maindeck 5,95 m
Depth to shelterdeck 8,55 m
Accomodation 35 persons
Freezing hold capacity 500 m³
Cooling hold capacity 200 m³
Dry storage capacity 150 m³
Fuel tank capacity 574 m³
Freshwater capacity 24 m³
Evaporator 8 tonns/24h
Speed max: 16 knots
Service speed 12,5 knots
Gross Tonnage 2052
Class DnV+1A1 ICE 1C

Main engine information

Maker Wärtsila Vasa
Type 8R32E
Power 3000 kW/4080 Bhp at 750 rpm
Main gearbox Volda ACG850/PF600
Propeller Wichmann CP Propeller
Generator Leroy Somer at 500 LB91, 2280 kvA at 1800 rpm, PTO from main gearbox

Auxiliary engine information

Maker Cummings
Type KTA-38-G2
Power 1086 Bhp at 1800 rpm
Generator Leroy Somer LSA-50-M4 945 kVA at 1800 rpm

Electronic equipment

Radar A Furuno FR2010D
Radar B Furuno 810 DS
Echosounder Furuno FCV 140 color
Radio telephone Skanti TRP 8750D with telex TT 1600
Satelite com. system Marconi Ocean ray 2
Radio receiver Sailor R2022
VHF Sailor RT2047/2 RT 2048
Direction finder Furuno FD 525
Watch-receiver Sailor R501
Weather faximile Furuno Fax-208A
Loran C Furuno LC90
GPS Furuno GP-500/GP-300
Satelite navigator Furuno FSN 70
Gyro/autopilot Plath navigat 8 and Plath navipilot 2 connected to magnetic compass
Trawl (catch) control Scanmar CGM-05
Log/econometer Ben Galatee 400
Air/seawater temp. T.Gregersen/TI 11D
Calling system Vingtor VMP 32, Vingtor VSP 11, Vingtor Hailer system
Mobile VHF 2.units

Winching equipment

Type: A/S Hydraulik Brattvaag, Datasynchro
Trawl winches 2x40 tonnes
Outhaul winch 1x6 tonnes
Gilson winches 2x15 tonnes
Sweepline winches 4x10 tonnes
Dumping winch 1x2,3 tonnes
Anchor winch 1x8 tonnes

Special equipment

Ice gallows HTB 26 (Langsten)
Deck cranes SBG Hydraulic a/s, 1x4 tonnes at 14 m, 1x2 at 9 m
Steering gear Tenfjord, Barkemeyer rudder
Freshwater generator Alfa Laval Zeta JWP-26-C80
Freez. hold equipm. Capacity: 10 m³, Sabroe
Ventilation Semco
Lifesaving equipment Viking Jørgensen & Vik
External lights, lanterns etc. IBAK
Air compressors Sperre 30 bar, 2x28 m³/h starting/working air
Engine room halon firefighting Unitor
Separators Alfa Laval Zeta
Bowthruster Brunvoll 495 Bhk
Bilge separator Heli Sep.

Processing equipment

Freezing equip.type Technotherm
Handling equip.type Carnitech, Odim and Baader
Plate freezing capacity 10,5 tonnes/24 hours
Temp. in freezing hold -30°C

Lifesaving equipment

Lifeboat (dry cargo version) 1 x Jørgensen & Vik, 30 persons, 21'
Lifeboat (m.o.b. version) 1 x DSB/420 Aquasave, 8 persons
Liferafts 3 x Viking, 16 persons + 2 x Solas, 20 persons
Lifesuits & belts 35 x Helly-Hansen E/305/4


Number of cabins 21 (single/double) + sick-bay
Number of beds 40 (11 crew)
Wc/shower In every cabin
Training room 1 ergocycle, 1 multitrainer etc.
Laundry 4 x washing machines and dryers
Saloon Situated on forecastle deck and covers 35 m² -leather sofa/chairs, TV, video, radio, cass.deck
Other seatings Seating space in the wheelhouse and the data processing centre
Mess Selfservice. Seating capacity 18
Meals Warm/cold dishes at 08.00, 14.00 and 20.00

Crew members
1-1 system (one month on board, one month off), following 6-6 watches at sea

  • Captain
  • Captains mate
  • Chief engineer
  • Second engineer
  • Steward
  • Galley assistant
  • 2x Trawl boss
  • 3x Seamen

FF Helmer Hansen GA-plan

GA Helmer Hanssen fra 2016


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