RV Pelagia, built in 1991 and overhauled in 2010, is the flagship of NIOZ. With a total length of 66 m, this versatile and stable vessel is suited for research on both coastal seas and open oceans except for the polar regions. Nor will it be deployed on the Pacific Ocean because other institutes may explore this area in a more economic way. The Pelagia has 2 dry labs and a wet lab and may host up to 9 interchangeable (laboratory) containers. The ship offers berths for up to 14 scientists and her 11-member crew is highly skilled in the hauling of equipment and moorings.