VESSEL REVIEW | Jaywun – Arabian Gulf oceanographic research vessel for UAE operator
Construction has been completed on a new oceanographic research vessel ordered by UAE operator Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). Named Jaywun after a local variety of pearl, the vessel was built by Spain’s Freire Shipyard with support by Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding.
The vessel has an LOA of 47.1 metres, a beam of 12 metres, a draught of 4.2 metres, and two MTU 16V4000M53 1,840kW main engines that drive 2,500mm controllable-pitch propellers to deliver a speed of 13 knots and an endurance of 25 days at a cruising speed of 11 knots. Two shaft lines driven by the main engines and complemented by a 200kW electric motor (PTI), together with the thorough hydrodynamic design of the hull, allow the vessel to offer fully electric navigation at low speeds, lower fuel consumption, and lower emissions. Freire said this also allows for a high degree of onboard comfort and low noise impact for the personnel on board, which is important in scientific research missions.
The newbuild is designed to carry out advanced oceanographic and fisheries research work in both deep and shallow waters. On board are accommodations for 18 crewmembers and 11 scientists as well as facilities including multiple laboratories, a diving team preparation room, and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) launch and recovery area. The research equipment includes several winches and gantries, echosounders, and two multi-beam probes.
Deck space is also available for a Guerra knuckle boom crane and a fast rescue boat that will be launched and deployed via a dedicated davit. The electronics include equipment from Intellian and Kongsberg Maritime.
Jaywun’s main area of operations will encompass the territorial waters of the UAE within the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The vessel was designed specifically for operation in Gulf waters, which are characterised by high salinity. Duties will include fish stock assessments, marine habitat surveys, deep-water marine environmental surveys, and assessment of marine sediment and water quality. The fisheries surveys will be carried out in fulfillment of the UAE government’s objective of making the emirates climate-neutral by 2050.
Jaywun will be managed, operated, and maintained by the Safeen Group, the maritime services arm of the AD Ports Group.
|Type of vessel:
|Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, UAE
|Safeen Group, UAE
|Freire Shipyard, Spain; Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding, UAE
|2 x MTU 16V4000M53, each 1,840 kW
|2 x controllable-pitch propellers
|Intellian; Kongsberg Maritime
|Laboratories; diving preparation room
|Arabian Gulf; Gulf of Oman