VARD announced today that it has secured a contract to design and build a new Research Expedition Vessel (REV). Headquartered in Norway and with 9,000 employees, the company operates nine shipbuilding facilities in four countries.
Developed by the shipyard in collaboration with the renowned yacht designer Espen Øino, this vessel will boast a length overall of 182.60m, a beam of 22m, and an air draft of 40m.
In addition to hosting tailored programmes for researchers from across the globe, the ship will also be available for charter, intended for recreational purposes and expeditions.
When used as an explorer superyacht, the vessel, thanks to an internal volume of 16,000GT, will be able to accommodate up to 36 guests and 54 crew members.
The REV will feature modern laboratories, an auditorium, a hangar for a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with direct access to the vessel’s moonpool, two helipads, and a multifunctional cargo deck.
Equipped with two Caterpillar C280-8 2,400ekW generators and two 3,200kW electric motors, she will have a maximum speed of 17 knots and, thanks to a fuel capacity of 1,050m3, a cruising range of 21,120nm at 11 knots.
The Research Expedition Vessel is expected to be delivered to her Norwegian owner in 2020.