Vard adds research expedition vessel to orderbook

A new research expedition vessel for Norwegian project Rosellinis Four-10 will be among the biggest ships ever designed and built by Vard A new research expedition vessel for Norwegian project Rosellinis Four-10 will be among the biggest ships ever designed and built by Vard

An advanced diesel-electric, battery assisted vessel for Norwegian environmental project Rosellinis Four-10 is to become one of the largest ships ever designed and built by Vard.

The 182m research expedition vessel (REV) has been ordered by the project, wholly-owned by Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke and his family, with the objective of developing knowledge and sustainable solutions to address the ocean’s environmental challenges. It is expected to enter service in 2020 after hull construction at Vard Tulcea in Romania, outfitting at Vard Brattvaag in Norway and a return trip to Romania for fairing, deck laying and finalisation of the accommodation area.

Built to Vard’s 6 16 design, the REV will feature medium-speed engines, a diesel-electric propulsion system with battery package, exhaust gas cleaning system and energy recovery rudder. Other hydrodynamic features include large propellers, two pairs of stabilisation fins, a wave-cutting bulb and a slimline hull form with slender foreship to enable comfortable and cost-efficient expeditions in a wide range of weather conditions.

Vard subsidary Seaonics has developed a large high-end scientific winch package for handling through moonpool and over side, a 20-tonne fibrerope crane with 6,000m reach and a pelagic trawl setup with catch selection for operations down to 3,000m. All operations including trawling will be inside operations either from the hangar amidships or from a horizontal, built-in A-frame at the stern.

The vessel will feature laboratories, an auditorium, a hangar for a remote operated vehicle and an autonomous underwater vehicle with direct access to the vessel’s moonpool, and a multifunctional cargo deck. Equipment for monitoring and surveying marine areas, currents, the seabed, fish, animals and plant life in all of the world’s oceans will be available on the vessel. Total accommodation capacity is for 90 persons, including a maximum of 36 guests on board.

The vessel will also employ Vard Electro’s maritime energy management and operational performance system, SeaQ Green Pilot, which employs real-time measurements, mathematical models and analysis of the vessel's performance, to provide decision support on performance and fuel consumption.

Røkke commented: “The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge. I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board, to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”

WWF Norway has been invited by the shipowner to take part in the further development of the research and expedition project.

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