On Wednesday 25 September, The Crown Princess visited Lysekil, where she took part in the naming of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences' new research vessel R/V Svea and visited the university's marine fish laboratory.
The visit to Lysekil began at the Oscar society house with a seminar about the changing sea, as well as how the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences worked to obtain the R/V Svea and the research opportunities it brings. Several of the seminar's speakers emphasised the importance of the R/V Svea for the university's improved research cooperation with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute researcher Professor Lars Arneborg explained how researchers can see the effects of early environmental damage in the Baltic Sea and how long it can take for certain types of environmental damage to disappear.
Jacob Granit, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, summarised the seminar and explained the importance of seeing the ecosystem in its entirety. For example, what happens to the rest of the ecosystem when we fish? The Baltic Sea is one of the world's most polluted inland seas, but also one of the best researched.
"This work is complex, with many different players involved," he said. "Cooperation is therefore important. The R/V Svea is a step in the right direction, and will be an important platform for this cooperation."
After lunch, the naming ceremony for the R/V Svea took place on Gullmar Quay. Speakers included state secretary from the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications Per Callenberg, state secretary from the Ministry of the Environment Gunvor G Ericson, Director General of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Rolf Brennerfelt and Director General of the Swedish Maritime Administration Katarina Norén. Chairman of the Municipal Council Klas-Göran Henriksson then welcomed the R/V Svea to Lysekil.
The ceremony concluded with The Crown Princess naming the R/V Svea:
"I name you Svea. May success and prosperity follow you, your crew and all those on board during your assignments across the seas."
The Crown Princess was then given a tour of the research vessel.
The Crown Princess concluded the day by visiting the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences' marine fish laboratory where she was welcomed by Noél Holmgren, Head of the Department of Aquatic Resources, who talked about the department. Researchers Joakim Hjelm and Mattias Sköld then described the situation of the Baltic cod, marine protection areas and challenges relating to fish and fishing.
The R/S Svea's core operations will be ecosystem investigations with a focus on regular monitoring of fish stocks and water quality. These will be carried out by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
Modern sonar, underwater vessels, flow meters and other advanced equipment provide excellent conditions for research and environmental monitoring in the Baltic Sea and the sea off Sweden's west coast. The R/V Svea is also one of the world's quietest and most environmentally friendly research vessels.
The R/V Svea is owned by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, with the Swedish Maritime Administration being responsible for its operation.
Find out more about the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences' research vessels here.
The marine fish laboratory works with biological data collection, stock and ecosystem analysis and scientific advice as a basis for decision-making, both nationally and internationally.