May 11, 2018
The research vessel Eugen Seibold was launched at the German city of Kiel, which is located on the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea. Construction on this sailing yacht had begun the previous year.
Measuring 72.2 feet (22 meters) in length, the Eugen Seibold is used for the study and contamination-free sampling of seawater, plankton, and air. There are three laboratories on board the yacht for scientific analyses of samples out at sea. The yacht’s areas of operations include both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The Eugen Seibold is owned and operated by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI). This institute dates back to 1911 and is based in the German city of Mainz.
The Eugen Seibold was named in memory of one of Germany’s most renowned marine biologists. Eugen Seibold (1918-2013) is widely considered to be the founding father of modern marine geosciences in Germany, and the research vessel bearing his name was launched on the centennial of his birth.
Gerald Haug, a climate geologist and the director of MPI, took time during that day’s festivities in Kiel to highlight Seibold’s legacy. “Eugen Seibold was a visionary,” proclaimed Haug. “It is largely thanks to him that efficient and internationally recognized marine research has been established in Germany.”
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