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Short description

The MARUM-QUEST remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is a full sized, so called "work class" deep-water ROV, originally designed to serve industrial needs for offshore production and intervention tasks. At MARUM, MARUM-QUEST is continuously adapted to the needs of deep-sea research, utilizing its high electrical power and large payload capacity to provide a versatile platform for state-of-the-art deep-water science at water depths down to 4000 meter. Today, it has proven its value during over 35 expeditions since 2003 with more than 440 scientific dives (Sept. 2018).

MARUM-QUEST was originally developed as a commercial robotic vehicle by Schilling Robotics, Davis, USA, primarily for heavy duty offshore industrial applications in the deep ocean. In contrast to the commercial model, the Bremen MARUM-QUEST has been adapted at MARUM for a number of scientific applications.

Since its initial deployment during expedition "M58-3" in June 2003, MARUM-QUEST is routinely operated worldwide aboard research vessels between 1 to 3 times per year. Expeditions include work for several national German DFG and BMBF funded programs, internal MARUM research projects, the EU supported programs ACES, HERMES, ESONET, the US NOAA's Ring of Fire expedition program, and others.

Please follow below links to gain a more detailed insight into MARUM-QUEST's capabilities, requirements, related media and work examples.

General Data

Transportation 4 x 20' ISO Container
Gross Weight 45 t
Deck Footprint approx. 40 m2
Crew 8 (12h) / 9 (24h)


Detailed system information


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Operational Requirements

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Dr. Volker Ratmeyer


+49 421 218-65604


+49 421 218-9865604



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