Production starts on new research ship

25 Aug 2011
The Namibian fishery research ship now in build at STX Rauma

The Namibian fishery research ship now in build at STX Rauma

STX Finland says that its Rauma shipyard has now begun production of an innovative fisheries research vessel ordered by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Republic of Namibia.

NB 1378 will be delivered during the summer of 2012. The vessel will be about 62m long and give some 250 man-years of labour to the shipyard. The ship is designed to meet latest standardised performance criteria for the research systems, propulsion and power generation system, with special attention given to serviceability and low maintenance costs. The vessel will provide accommodation for 44 crew members and research personnel. In addition to monitoring fish stock, it will be used for collecting biological samples for onboard research and analysis, for meteorological research, and to provide assistance for control of fishing.

"This technically demanding vessel is very important for the Rauma shipyard, and it strengthens STX Finland's status as a builder of advanced specialised vessels. The design stage of the ship has further increased the shipyard's knowhow within this vessel segment, and we have been able to continue and add to the experience gained from the arctic research and service vessel ordered by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The construction of this ship will proceed fast and the ship's keel will be laid before Christmas", says Timo Suistio, COO of STX Finland and director of Rauma shipyard.

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