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Video: Construction update on 182.9m research vessel REV

The team behind the 182.9 metre research expedition vessel REV has posted a construction update on the project.

The team behind the project, an ocean research company called Rosellinis Four-10, recently returned from visiting the Romanian facility of the yard Vard Holdings, which is building the vessel.

After visiting the Tulcea-based yard where REV is being built, the team reported that the project is "slowly coming together".

The team reported that the vessel currently sits in "six large blocks" and will be "assembled in the coming months into one large superstructure."

They posted a time-lapse of the construction so far and revealed that they have planned a number of future visits to the yard to witness key construction milestones in the project.

Due for completion in 2020, this imposing vessel will be 0.99 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.

Vard Holdings previously explained that the hull will be built in Romania at its Tulcea facility, before being towed to Brattvaag in Norway for outfitting.

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.

Take a closer look at REV

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.”

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