After departing the VARD shipyard in Romania following her launch in August, the 182.9-metre 17,440 GT yacht REV Ocean has arrived in Norway for the next phase of construction. The VARD shipyard in Norway will equip the floating steel hull with her technical and scientific equipment until April 2020, where she will then be transported to the Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany for final outfitting ahead of her delivery in early 2021. REV Ocean is the world's largest superyacht and will be capable of conducting missions around the globe researching the marine ecosystem, the impact of CO2, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing. Photo: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletPhoto: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletNina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean, said: “Today is one of the most exciting moments in the development of our research vessel. We now watch with great anticipation as she will develop into a full-fledged and operational vessel with state of the art scientific equipment to be installed by the talented team at VARD Brattvaag. This is a major milestone towards achieving our mission of achieving one healthy ocean.” Photo: Lawrence HislopPhoto: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletGeorge Gill, Project Director and owner’s representative, said: “REV’s arrival in Brattvåg is a crucial step in her development, she will lay here in Norway for the coming months, and this establishes the core groundwork for the research and operations of the vessel. Getting these important systems and her keystone machinery right is critical to her success and position within the world's research fleet. We have an excellent collaboration with VARD and the whole of the owner's team look forward to these months ahead and REV’s delivery to us and the next phase of her gestation.” Photo: Lawrence HislopREV Ocean is the design work of Espen Øino and can carry up to 55 scientists and 35 crew members in research mode, or up to 36 guests and 54 crew if being used for luxury expeditions. Her interiors will feature the work of H2 Yacht Design and carry equipment such as scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium, moonpool, Triton submarine that can dive 2,300 metres, an ROV with 6,000-metre depth capacity and advanced communication equipment. Photo: Lawrence Hislop“At VARD we have long experience in building sophisticated and exciting vessels, but the size, complexity, and purpose of this vessel add extra enthusiasm for all parties involved. We expect high activity at our yard in Brattvåg as our employees eagerly take on the outfitting phase. This project also generates a positive spinoff effect in Norway outside VARD,” commented Erik Haakonsholm, the new General Manager of VARD offshore and specialised vessels and head of VARD Design. Photo: Lawrence HislopPhoto: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletDag Vikestrand, Yard Director at VARD Brattvaag says: “We would like to thank our colleagues at VARD Tulcea for their contributions so far in this exciting and innovative project, and we are looking forward to continuing the outfitting and completion of the vessel in close cooperation with the REV Ocean team and all other parties involved.” Photo: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletPhoto: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletOystein Mikelborg, REV Ocean Operations Director, added: “The arrival in Brattvåg is a major milestone and a new chapter for REV Ocean. In the next few months, VARD Brattvaag will turn this into one of the world’s most advanced research vessels. The complexity and sheer scale of the work ahead is challenging, and I know it will be very busy days ahead both for the yard and the owner’s team. Modern multi-purpose research vessels are notoriously complex as there are so many sensitive systems that need to work seamlessly together. However, given VARD’s track record of building complex world-class vessels, we are confident in their ability to make REV Ocean the vessel we have envisioned.”
SuperYacht Times - The State of Yachting 2020
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