Scientific technical support:


Dr. Holger Winkler

Pages at present mainly available in German. We are working on it.

Video Portal

Videoclips by Meyer Werft Papenburg and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) on YouTube.


SONNE-Expeditions headed by ICBM

Since its completion in November 2014, SONNE has already sailed twice under the direction of ICBM. What scientists were exploring and experiencing on board during their time you can read here:

Photo: Meinhard Simon (ICBM)


Technical Data

LOA  116.00    m
BOA   20.60    m
Draught     6.40    m
Displacement    8,600 BRT
scientif. Payload                  300   t

         35 (Crew)
      + 40 (Scientists)

Propulsion system

4 x 1.620 kW Wärtsilä Gensets
2 x    860 kW retractable Schottel
1 x 2.990 kW Schottel Pumpjet

Construction costs124 Mio €, (110 Mio Federal Government, surplus: German coastal Federal Countries Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
Home portWilhelmshaven
Main operation areasIndian and Pacific Ocean
(Changed: 19 Jan 2024)  | 
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