Skipsteknisk designs Germany's new flagship within fishery research

Skipsteknisk has together with Damen Shipyard in Holland secured the design and build contract for the new "Walther Herwig".

The Client is the "Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung(BLE), while the vessel will be operated by the Thünen Institute. The vessel's homeport will be Bremerhaven.

The new research vessel shall replace the existing "Walther Herwig III". It will have a length of 85 m and a beam of 17,4 m and by this be the largest fishery research vessel of modern type in Europe. In addition to being arranged for fishery research the vessel will also be arranged for general oceanographic research, bottom mapping, environmental and climate research, among other.

The vessel will be design and built according to the established ICES standard for underwater noise, as well as strict requirements for inboard noise and vibration. Low underwater noise is critical for conducting correct fish stock measurement and inboard noise is important for giving the scientists the best possible working environment.
The new "Walther Herwig" will be a highly advanced research vessel when it according to schedule arrive in Bremerhaven early 2020. The vessel is of ST-369L design and will be built with diesel-electric propulsion, dynamic positioning, electric winches and a number of dedicated laboratories for various scientific work. Great effort will be put into making the vessel environmental friendly and both catalysts and particle filters will be installed.

For further information, please contact:

Hans Ove Holmøy
Sales Manager Research Vessels

Phone: +47 908 63073

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