Plans for new marine research vessel

The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has selected the Rolls-Royce company to design a new research vessel which is said to be the world’s most expensive marine research vessel.

The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has selected the Rolls-Royce company to design a new research vessel which is said to be the world’s most expensive marine research vessel.
 
The vessel will be outfitted to cover a wide range of marine research operations, such as monitoring fishing stocks, metreological studies, sea floor sampling and mapping.
The almost 100 meter long vessel will cost nearly NOK one billion, and will have the North and South Poles as priority areas. The vessel will have icebreaking capacities, helicopter landing space and a so-called moonpool for diving operations, the BarentsObserver reports.
 
The NVC 395 POLAR ship will be designed for operations in waters covered by ice up to one metre thick and is classified to Polar 10 ice class, according to a Roll-Royce press release.
 
The contract is with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, but all Norwegian research institutes involved in polar research will be involved in both development and use of the vessel.
 
The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Polar Institute act as consultant to Norwegian authorities, contributing to the maintenance of administration standards in Norwegian waters and polar areas to ensure they remain some of the best-preserved wilderness areas in the world.