Our Research

Archipelagos uses four vessels, that serve as mobile platforms for marine research and conservation work. They support our actions on the Greek seas and in the wider area of the eastern Mediterranean.


Archipelagos’ research vessel, Okeanos, is a 12m Bertram motorboat. It supports several Archipelagos projects, including the mapping of seagrass meadows and coralligene reefs through the use of an ROV structure scanner and sonar, as well as monitoring IUU fisheries and marine mammals. The boat is fully equipped with all navigation, safety and communication requirements (1 generator Onan 6.5 kWA, radar, GPS, plotter, structure scanner, autopilot).

Manufacturer: Bertram

Type: Motorboat

Overall Length: 12m

Engine: 2* Iveco 335 hp

Passenger Capacity: 12 persons

Sailing Boat

For the boat-based survey Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation have in disposal a sailing-research boat named Naftilos. It is an one of a kind Atlantic sailing boat. The research boat is 50 feet long. It has 2 masts and its engine is 90hp. It is a special construction that enables long distance surveys in open sea. It has a double hall with 26 isolated compartments and hence can withstand difficult trips without wearing out, but also without needing to stop for fuel/water, as it can store 2.5 tonnes of petrol and 2,5 tonnes of water.

The cabins can accommodate 8 people. On the back of the deck, there are 2 seats at 5m from water level for marine mammal observation.

Type: Sailing boat                            Water capacity: 2,5 tonnes

Overall length: 50 feet                  Fuel capacity: 2,5 tonnes

Engine: 90 hp Toyota

Passenger capacity: 8 people

Sailing Boat

For oceanographic research and marine conservation actions, Archipelagos provides a dual-mast sailing boat, Pinelopi, 16m in length and 5m wide. She is a traditional vessel, a copy of a famous sailing boat from 1811. Her structure is reinforced with 10mm steel so that she can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. The boat is fully equipped with all safety and communication requirements.

Builder: Perama, Athens 1979

Type: Traditional, steel dual-mast sailing boat

Overall Length: 16m

Engine: Ford Fumoko 140 hp

Passenger Capacity: 14 persons



The speedboat, Asterias, is used to support various surveys of Archipelagos' research teams. It can quickly access sampling sites on islands and islets, as well as transport team members participating in different conservation actions.

Type: Speedboat

Overall Length: 7.20 m

Engine: 150 hp


Archipelagos also uses a small fleet of 8 kayaks to support coastal research. Kayaks are considered to be an ideal, eco-friendly meansof researching coastal habitats, while the great clarity of the Aegean waters (down to 40m down) makes it possible to survey extensive depths. The kayaks are flexible and leave zero carbon footprint, cause no environmental impact and do not produce any noise pollution.

One of the main applicationsof kayaks is monitoring and mapping the seagrass meadows, using a small structure scanner, an underwater camera and a bathoscope. During parallel surveys structure scanner readings can be shared via wi-fi on tablets on other kayaks. Kayak-based surveys also include sampling surface waters to study zooplankton and microplastics, monitoring seabirds and, with some luck, even marine mammals!