The “Walther Herwig III” cruises in sea areas with deep offshore fishing (Baltic, North Sea, North Atlantic). Here pelagic and bottom trawl nets, biological sample trawl and plankton nets as well as oceanographic sensors are used.
Put into service in 1993, the "Walther Herwig III" is our oldest ship. In 2022/23 it is to be replaced by a new vessel that meets all the requirements for modern, integrated observations of the marine ecosystem.
|Vessel type||Stern trawler|
|Length overall||63.18 m|
|Beam overall||15.22 m|
|Draft (maximum)||5.96 m|
|Main engine||2900 kW|
|Speed (maximum)||14.5 kn|
|Ship’s crew||21 persons|
|Scientific crew||12 persons|
|Shipyard||Rolandwerft, Berne / Peenewerft, Wolgast|
|Cruise duration||2 to 7 weeks|
|Cruise days per year||about 280|
Dr. h.c. Walther Herwig (1838-1912) was a Prussian magistrate; the father of German deep sea fishing and fish production; co-initiator of German and European internationally coordinated fishery research; co-founder and first president of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Copenhagen in 1902.