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Short description

MARUM-MeBo200 is the second generation of the sea floor drill rig MARUM-MeBo, a robotic drill that is deployed on the sea bed and remotely controlled from the vessel in order to sample the sea bed by rotary core drilling. MARUM-MeBo200 was developed by MARUM together with Firma Bauer Maschinen GmbH. This project is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. In October 2014 the system was successfully tested in the North Sea from the new research vessel RV SONNE. In April 2016 the drill rig was deployed for the first time on a scientific expedition (SO247 off New Zealand) and drilled more than 500 m during 12 deployments. A maximum drill depth of 105 m was reached. MARUM-MeBo200 can conduct core drillings down to 200 m below sea floor. Next to the enhancement of storage capacity within the magazines the improvement of maintenance possibilities as well as an increase in deployment depth to more than 2000 m were major goals of the development.

MeBo200 is mounted in a frame, that can be transported as 20' container. An optimized used of the space within the frame allowed an increase of stroke length from 2.35 to 3.5 m. On top of that the loading capacity of the magazines was increased allowing much deeper core drilling operation compared to the first generation MARUM-MeBo

General data

7 x 20" ISO Container 
Gross weight
110 t

space for 4 x 20' Container

18 x 4,7 m for Launch and Recovery System with winch container

Laboratory for serving logging tools

Storage room for liner and spare parts


9-10 Operator/Technicians


More Information


Dr. Tim Freudenthal


+49 421 218-65602


+49 421 218-9865602



MARUM I, 1500