The Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway took delivery of the new research vessel "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen" 5th January. The vessel is built by Astilleros Gondan in Spain.
The vessel is of ST-369 design and is formally owned by Norad(see link below). The vessel is a combined Fishery and Oceanogrpahic Research vessel with a length of 74,5 m and a beam of 17,4 m. It is built in compliance with the ICES 209 requirements for underwater radiated noise. It also meets very strict requirements for inboard noise in the accommodation and in the laboratories. The vessel is arranged with an accommodation for 45 persons, whereoff a crew of 15 and 30 scientists. It has several wet and dry laboratories arranged including a large operation centre underneath the bridge.
The vessel is arranged with a diesel electric propulsion system based on a tandem AC engine configuration with a total capacity of 3000 kW, coupled to a single shaft with a 5-bladed propeller. Further, the vessel is arranged with dynamic positioning according to DNV AUT requirements(DP I). Fishery and other scientific winches are all electrical driven.
The vessel is now under transit to Norway where final comissioning and preparations for the first cruise will take Place. Naming of the vessel will take place in Oslo 24. March.
As mentioned, the vessel is built to a contract with Norad. For further information, see Norad's own press release here ;
For further information, please contact:
Hans Ove Holmøy, responsible Research Vessels.
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