182.9m Research Vessel REV to Complete Construction at Lloyd Werft
by Miranda Blazeby
The 182.9 metre record breaking research expedition vessel REV will complete construction at the German yard Lloyd Werft, it has been announced.
The contract, which was signed during the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show last month, will see REV transferred to Lloyd Werft in April 2020 and remain there until April 2021. During this time, the yard will support the owner's team in the installation of the interiors, painting of the superstructure and assembly of the outer ceilings.
It comes after the vessel arrived at the Vard Brattvåg shipyard in Norway to begin outfitting earlier this month after leaving the Vard Tulcea yard in Romania. It will now be transformed from a floating steel hull to the most advanced research vessel in the world.
Chief executive of REV Ocean, Nina Jensen, said Lloyd Werft "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.”
Yard chief executive , Rüdiger Pallentin, added: "We welcome the trust placed in us to support the completion of this extraordinary vessel. Along with the earlier delivery of the yacht Luna and the current construction at the yard of a 140-metre yacht we have placed Lloyd Werft in the top segment of the market.”
It comes after REV hit the water on Saturday August 24 at the Fincantieri/ Vard Holdings yard in Tulcea, Romania. It is estimated for late 2020/ early 2021 completion.
Due for completion in 2020, this imposing vessel will be 2.3 metres longer than Azzam, the world’s largest superyacht. Although it will not be considered as a fully-fledged superyacht, the vessel has been developed in collaboration with leading superyacht designer Espen Øino.
Rosellinis Four-10's owner Kjell Inge Røkke previously explained: “REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge. I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board, to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”
Advanced oceanography equipment will be fitted on board, allowing Rosellinis Four-10 to survey marine areas, currents, the seabed, fish, animals and plant life.
As is fitting for such an environmentally conscious project, REV has been designed to be as fuel efficient as possible, with an energy recovery rudder system, medium speed engines, a direct drive diesel-electric propulsion system, and an exhaust cleaning system.
Other key on-board features include a multifunctional cargo deck and storage for an autonomous submersible, as well as laboratories and an auditorium. Accommodation is for 36 guests and 54 crewmembers, while the maximum beam is 22 metres.
Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of Vard Holdings, added: “We are excited and humbled to be chosen as the partner to develop and build this unique vessel. This new-build project also offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovation power of the Norwegian maritime industry by involving many local suppliers.”