Expedition yacht OceanXplorer nearing delivery

Written by Charl van Rooy

The luxury expedition yacht OceanXplorer is nearing delivery in the Netherlands after a successful series of sea trials over the last month. The maiden voyage of OceanXplorer will be chronicled in a six-part documentary series entitled Mission: OceanX, co-produced by OceanX and the BBC, along with James Cameron for National Geographic. The series will follow prominent scientists, explorers and filmmakers in the natural history world in a “breathtaking” new style of reality storytelling.OceanXplorer yacht sea trialsPhoto: Kees Torn

Following an intensive rebuild project at Damen that lasted two years, the ship once known as the Volstad Surveyor has been transformed into “the most advanced research and media vessel on the ocean” according to OceanX. Along with Gresham Yacht Design, OceanXplorer was developed by some of the most experienced expedition mariners and studio production designers to facilitate some of the most ambitious ocean research and underwater filmmaking projects in the world.OceanXplorer yacht sea trialsPhoto: Kees Torn

A 40-ton A-frame at the stern is designed specifically for the deployment of the vessel’s two submersibles which can dive to depths beyond 3,000 feet for up to eight hours. Underwater discoveries will be analysed in the state-of-the-art dry and wet labs on board while the OceanXplorer media studio will be able to document and broadcast the groundbreaking discoveries in ultra-high-definition around the world.Alucia 2Photo: OceanXOceanXplorer yacht sea trialsPhoto: Kees Torn

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