The survey vessel Hålabben

Last changed: 16 May 2022
Hålabben, a small research vessel at the Institute of Marine Research, is put to sea. Photo.

Hålabben is a coastal survey vessel, that can be used for example for trawling or plankton hauls. The vessel is 3 meters wide and can be transported by a lorry which means it can be used in both lakes and the sea with easy transport between them. The home port of Hålabben is Lysekil by the Institute of Marine Research. On board there is a dedicated work area for handling the catch.

Area of operation

Hålabben is perfect for coastal surveys. The maximum allowed distance from the outermost islands at sea is 1 nm or 4 nm from the nearest safe harbor. Since the ship can be transported by a lorry, it can easily be used both in the sea and in lakes.

Basic data

  • Length: 7.85 m
  • Width: 3.00 m
  • Depth: 0.45 m
  • Marsch speed: 24 knots
  • Minimum height: 3.60 m (when transported)
  • Sorting table available

Primary tasks

  • Ecointegration during the night (primarily cod fish)
  • Trawl expeditions in the inner archipelago
  • Lobster monitoring
  • Fishing surveys with fyke net
  • Ocean currents surveys


The research vessel Hålabben is slowly leaving a harbour full of other boats.
Hålabben on its way to new assignments.
The research vessel Hålabben is safe in its home harbour. Photo.
Hålabben by the quay in her home port in Lysekil.
The boat Hålabben is on its way to port on a glittering sea
Hålabben on its way into port after sampling in Gullmarsfjorden.