Lloyd Werft to support the outfitting of the world's largest research and expedition vessel
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, based in Germany, has been chosen by Norwegian businessman, Kjell Inge Røkke, to provide docking facilities and support the final construction phase of the world’s largest research and expedition vessel – the nearly 183 metre-long REV Ocean.
The newbuild will arrive at the Bremerhaven yard in the spring of 2020. Its initial construction took place at Vard Tulcea in Romania after which it was towed to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for technical and scientific outfitting. The contract covering final outfitting at Lloyd Werft was signed at this year's Monaco Yacht Show.
Lloyd Werft CEO, Rüdiger Pallentin said of the prestigious project: "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.”
Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean said: “We know we will be in good hands with Lloyd Werft who 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.”
George Gill, the owner’s representative for REV Ocean, said of Lloyd Werft's commitment: "When we started the REV project we always knew that we were going to need a final outfitting shipyard once we took delivery from VARD. In Lloyd Werft, we have found the ideal partner to assist us with the supply of facilities and support for the final outfitting stage at their shipyard facilities in Bremerhaven, Germany. Their unique insight into research vessels, with over thirty years of regular refits and maintenance on the RV Polarstern, plus cruise ship refits and yacht construction is of a huge advantage to us and I look forward to dry docking REV Ocean with them in spring next year.”
REV Ocean will be a state-of-the-art floating research platform used to investigate and improve the state of the world's ocean. On-board accommodation will be available for a total of appr. 60 scientists and guests as well as 30 crew members. Among other features, researchers will have access to a submarine with a diving depth of 2,300 meters (launched via a moonpool) and a trawl system to catch fish and other sea creatures from depths down to 3,000 metres. REV Ocean has an operational range of more than 21,000 nautical miles and will be one of the most advanced and environmentally-friendly yachts in the world.
REV Ocean will be docked at Lloyd Werft from appr. April 2020 to April 2021. The yard will provide support to the owner’s team in their main tasks including installation of interiors, filling, fairing and painting of the superstructure, the laying of the deck and the assembly of outer ceilings.
Length 182.90 m
Width 22,00 m
Draught 5.25 m
Gross Tonnage 17,440 GT
Engines 4x Wärtsilä 8L26 2.7
Maximum speed 17,8 kn
Range 21,120 nm @ 11 kn
Capacity Research 60 scientists/30 crew
Capacity Charter 28 guests/54 crew
Exterior Design Espen Øino
Interior Design H2 Yacht Design
Shipyards VARD, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH