MARS: Launching ceremony of special research vessel in Gdynia

On 24th June 2015 consortium of Nauta Shiprepair Yard and Crist from MARS group launched a special purpose vessel for interdisciplinary research of the sea. Special catamaran “Oceanograf” was ordered by Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk.

The above catamaran is a special research vessel intended for interdisciplinary (biological, chemical, physical and geological) research of Baltic environment and nature. Apart from laboratories, observatories and a seminar room will be on it for classes for students of oceanography and other departments. The board will accommodate up to 20 persons.

Thanks to the special scientific equipment “Oceanograf” will be one of the most modern vessels with Polish flag. Due to the wide range of research that will be carried out, it will combine functions of different types of vessels.

The catamaran is 49.5 m long and 14 m wide and can reach speed of 12 knots. Double-hulled construction minimizes the angle of tilt, what is especially important during research at the sea because every unintended movement of the vessel can interfere with measurements.

Funds for the investment in the amount PLN 36 million were granted to the University of Gdańsk by Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The basic area for research will be the Baltic Sea, but travels to other regions are possible. The ship range will reach 2,500 nautical mile, and it will be capable of sailing for 21 days without harboring.

Now Nauta Shiprepair Yard is also building another research vessel ordered by the University of Gothenburg. The purpose of the vessel will be interdisciplinary research on climate change, water levels and the system of currents, all of which significantly affect the seaenvironment. The vessel will be highly maneuverable at low speed achievable by using combined diesel-electric power unit, due to kind of environmental research. Sstate-of-the-art technological solutions (i.a. the SRC system), causes lower of approximately 40% fuel consumption , the discharge of liquids into the sea will be eliminated and the emissions of fumes reduced. In addition, due to the working environment, the noise and vibrations on the outside of the hull will be low.


Source: MARS Shipyards & Offshore   01.07.2015
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