Construction on the 182.9 metre record breaking research expedition vessel REV has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the REV Ocean team has said.
The expedition vessel is currently under construction at the Vard Brattvåg shipyard in Norway, which is experiencing delays as a result of COVID-19. It comes after the REV Ocean team hinted at delays during a construction update in April.
In a statement, REV Ocean said that it cannot give "an exact timeline" on when the vessel will be completed and is "working with the yard to establish a new timeline".
"This delay affects all of our key work streams, including calls for proposals and the timing of our inaugural cruises," it said,
However, it added that it "continues planning with the same ambition, optimism and enthusiasm knowing our wider network is fully supportive and adapting to their own realities as well. We have confidence in our network to work through this together."
Currently under construction in Norway, the record breaking build is set to complete construction at Lloyd Werft in Germany, which will support the owner's team in the installation of the interiors, painting of the superstructure and assembly of the outer ceilings.
The vessel arrived at the Vard Brattvåg shipyard in Norway to begin outfitting in February this year after leaving the Vard Tulcea yard in Romania. It is in the process of being transformed from a floating steel hull to the most advanced research vessel in the world.
Speaking about Lloyd Werft, chief executive of REV Ocean, Nina Jensen, previously said the yard "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.”
It comes after REV hit the water on Saturday August 24 at the Fincantieri/ Vard Holdings yard in Tulcea, Romania.
When complete REV 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.