The construction of the research vessel "Nereis" began on 2003, in the shipyards "Ocean Peanias" according to plans of the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute. It was first launched on 2004 and measures 14 meters net length, or 16 meters if the rear platform and bow pulpit are included. It can host 12 persons, 4 of them being the scientific and sailing crew in usual missions.
The construction of the R/V Nereis was completely funded by the Institute's big donor Kostas, who did not request any advertisement or even mention in exchange. His desire and the only thing he asked from us since the beginning, was to do our job correctly in order to significantly contribute in the conservation of the cetaceans of Greek Seas. The magnitude and kindness of this touching donation, which is rare nowadays, gave us the opportunity to open up much bigger "flippers" and, to widen the potential of our research. We hope that we have already contributed significantly to the conservation of cetaceans, not only in the Greek Seas and the Mediterranean, but at a global scale as well. We will keep working in this direction as much as we can, in order to secure the protection of cetaceans in officially created Marine Protection Areas also in Greece. This will be eventually the best "Thank you", we can say to Kostas.