Exploration Vessel Nautilus

E/V Nautilus is a 64-meter exploration vessel with 17 permanent crew and berthing for a 31-member rotating Corps of Exploration. The ship carries with it two Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) named Hercules and Argus that explore the seafloor in real-time online via our telepresence technology. A new hulled-mounted multibeam system will be installed this winter. The ship also has a Data Lab and Wet Lab for processing digital data and physical samples. As part of our effort to share our expeditions with students and colleagues, we stream video from our ROVs and various locations on the ship live on our Nautilus Live website.


Length 64.23 meters (211 feet)
Beam 10.5 meters (34.5 feet)
Draft 4.9 meters (14.75 feet)
Tonnage 1249 gross, 374 net
Main Propulsion Single 1286 kw (1700 HP), controllable pitch
Speed 10 knots service, 12 knots maximum
Endurance 40 days
Range 24,000 kilometers (13,000 nautical miles)
Dynamic Positioning 300kW azimuthing jet-pump (stern), 250kW tunnel (bow)
Classification Germanischer Lloyd (GL) 100 A5 E1 (Ice Strengthened)
Built 1967, Rostock, E. Germany
Formerly Alexander von Humboldt (East German research vessel)
Berthing 48 persons (17 crew; 31 science/operations)
Flag St Vincent and the Grenadines
Home port Bodrum, Turkey
Communication Broadcast C-band satellite communications, 18 mbps (HD video)
Call sign J8B3605

Deck Equipment A-frame, 6-ton capacity; Knuckle-boom crane, 4.2-ton capacity with 2 extensions; Dynacon 421 oceanographic winch, 8.8-ton capacity with 4300m 0.68” cable; Hatlapa oceanographic winch, 2.1-ton capacity with 3000m 0.322” cable