Following the launch of the REV Ocean project from the Fincantieri/Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, the German shipyard, has announced that it has been chosen as the location for project’s final outfitting. Lloyd Werft was chosen by Kjell Inge Røkke, the Norwegian businessman and owner of REV Ocean, to provide docking facilities and support the final construction phase of the world’s largest research and expedition vessel.
REV Ocean is due to arrive at the yard in Bremerhaven in the spring of 2020. The project’s initial construction phase took place at Vard Tulcea in Romania, after which it was towed to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for technical and scientific outfitting. The contract covering final outfitting at Lloyd Werft was signed at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
“We know we will be in good hands with Lloyd Werft who will provide us with the highest quality of shipyard facilities and environmental standards. This will be the last stage of the building process and then REV Ocean will be operational, and ready to develop innovative solutions, for a positive change in the ocean,” says Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean.
"When we started the REV project we always knew that we were going to need a final outfitting shipyard once we took delivery from VARD. In Lloyd Werft, we have found the ideal partner to assist us with the supply of facilities and support for the final outfitting stage at their shipyard facilities in Bremerhaven, Germany,” comments George Gill, the owner’s representative for REV Ocean. “Their unique insight into research vessels, with over thirty years of regular refits and maintenance on the RV Polarstern, plus cruise ship refits and yacht construction is of a huge advantage to us and I look forward to dry docking REV Ocean with them in spring next year.”
Upon completion REV Ocean will be a state-of-the-art research platform used to investigate and improve the state of the world’s oceans. On-board accommodation will be available for a total of approximately 60 scientists and guests as well as 30 crew members. Among other features, researchers will have access to a submarine with a diving depth of 2,300 meters (launched via a moonpool) and a trawl system to catch fish and other sea creatures from depths down to 3,000 metres. REV Ocean has an operational range of more than 21,000 nautical miles and will be one of the most advanced and environmentally-friendly yachts in the world.
REV Ocean will be docked at Lloyd Werft from approximately April 2020 to April 2021. The yard will provide support to the owner’s team in their main tasks including installation of interiors, filling, fairing and painting of the superstructure, the laying of the deck and the assembly of outer ceilings.
Ocean conservation and sustainability will be a major topic of discussion at The Superyacht Forum 2019, which will be held in Amsterdam between 18-20 November. Every year The Superyacht Forum has a new focussed theme, in 2018 we analysed the current customer experience and proposed new and better ways to engage and connect with clients. This year’s theme, ‘Building for the Next Generation’, considers the sustainability of the industry by analysing the next generation of superyacht owners and how the market must adapt to better suit their needs. The protection of the oceans is essential to the future of the superyacht market and, as such, will play a central role in the discourse at The Superyacht Forum.
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