RV Simon Stevin is a Class 1 Ocean Station deployed for coastal oceanographic research in the Southern Bight of the North Sea and the eastern part of the English Channel. It meets the requirements of the different marine research disciplines in Flanders. The ship is also used for European research infrastructure projects LifeWatch and ICOS.
RV Simon Stevin is deployed for academic coastal oceanographic research in the Southern Bight of the North Sea and the eastern part of the English Channel. It also serves as a training platform for students from marine sciences as well as maritime training courses, and as a testing platform for new technologies. In addition, educational trips for primary and secondary schools are organised aboard the vessel. The ship sails under the Belgian flag and is registered in Ostend. It is used mainly for daytime operations, but overnight trips may be planned as well.
The ship supports a wide range of marine scientific research. Marine research in Flanders is conducted at universities and scientific institutions and is multidisciplinary, ranging from physical oceanography, fisheries research, marine biology, microbiology, chemistry, technology and archaeology to earth sciences.