This is another sector within which the vast majority of vessels are purchased by governments. This means that decisions are not nearly as disciplined as in the “real world” of commerce. Sometimes the results of such government purchasing decision-making can be good, but more often, unfortunately, they are not so good.
This week, however, we present some examples of research and training vessels that appear to have been sensibly ordered and appropriately purchased. All, it seems, are multi-role. That is a refreshing change. Scientists and educators usually like to rather selfishly keep things to themselves.
The Faroese research vessel Jakup Sverri is a case in point. Apart from looking both attractive and purposeful, it has been very carefully designed and well-built by local yard MEST, which normally builds very impressive fishing boats. The 54 metre survey/research vessel has been classed by Bureau Veritas and is owned by the Faroe Marine Research Institute. That institution is particularly important to a small, remote archipelagic country that is intensely dependent on fishing.
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Hydrograaf, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s newest “naval expeditionary survey boat,” is another interesting example of the breed. Designed to be carried aboard larger naval vessels so as to conduct surveys of far away and foreign coasts, this 16-metre, 20-knot craft was designed and built by the prolific Damen Shipyards Group for a very specific purpose but with plenty of versatility very obviously built in.
The well-respected and very productive French shipyard OCEA recently launched NNS Lana for the Nigerian Navy. Its foremost role is in hydrographic/oceanographic survey but it can turn its hand to fisheries patrolling, SAR, surveillance, firefighting and even as an emergency salvage tug. It is a mighty vessel in only 60 metres.
We will also be presenting training craft such as the impressive Spanish Navy training vessels built by that country’s renowned yard Rodman Polyships.
As usual, of course, there will be many more vessels from this fascinating sector in Research and Training Vessel Week on Baird Maritime.
- Bustelo Pavon & Perez Verdu – New training vessels delivered to Spanish Navy
- Lana – French-built research and patrol vessel for Nigerian Navy
- Hydrograaf – Royal Netherlands Navy’s compact, high-endurance survey boat
Features and Opinion:
– “The vessel is equipped with trawls, underwater acoustic sensors, and provisions for launching and recovering remotely operated vehicles.”
News and Gear:
- Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory awarded US$2 million deep-sea research grant
- New survey boat delivered to USACE Baltimore District
- Future NOAA research catamaran floated out
- NSF vessel concludes six-week Pacific Northwest seismic research expedition
- Modernisation completed on Royal Netherlands Navy survey ship
- SpaceX unveils new autonomous rocket recovery barge
- Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service inaugurates new workboat
- Name unveiled for future NSF research vessel for University of Rhode Island
- Construction starts on new shallow-draught vessel for Dutch sea research institute
- Geological Survey of Norway orders Finnish-built research vessel
Recent Important Features:
– “The use of AUVs became necessary partly due to their ability to operate in environments that are too hazardous for humans to venture into in that part of Antarctica.”
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- Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
- Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the marine research and training sectors
- Interviews – Owners, operators, marine research institutes, maritime training schools, etc.
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