Vard has secured a contract for the design and construction of one research expedition vessel (REV) for Rosellinis Four-10.
Rosellinis Four-10 is wholly-owned by the Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke and his family. Developed by Vard Design in collaboration with the customer and the designer Espen
Øino, the REV is expected to enter service in 2020.
The hull of the vessel will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, and towed to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for outfitting.
After delivery in Norway, the vessel will return to Romania for fairing, deck laying and finalization of the accommodation area.
The specialized vessel is tailor-made for worldwide research and expedition activities, with the objective of developing knowledge and sustainable solutions to address the ocean’s environmental challenges. WWF Norway is invited by the shipowner to take part in the further development of the research and expedition project.
Equipment for monitoring and surveying marine areas, currents, the seabed, fish, animals and plant life in all of the world’s oceans will be available on the vessel, Vard said.
The vessel will employ Vard’s SeaQ Green Pilot, a data driven maritime energy management and operational performance system.
With its length of 182 meters, the vessel will be the longest one ever designed and built by Vard. The research and expedition area features modern laboratories, an auditorium, a hangar for a remote operated vehicle (ROV) and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with direct access to the vessel’s moonpool, and a multifunctional cargo deck.
The total accommodation capacity is for 90 persons, including a maximum of 36 guests on board.
Kjell Inge Røkke said, “My very first large factory trawler was built by Vard 30 years ago, and I have enjoyed a great relationship with the team at Vard since then. I know what Vard stands for, and it is a pleasure to come back and build this research expedition vessel together with them.
“The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge. I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board, to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”
Vard CEO and executive director, Roy Reite, added, “We are excited and humbled to be chosen as the partner to develop and build this unique vessel. It is a pleasure to work with Kjell Inge Røkke and his team again. Our relations span several decades, and we welcome his private initiative and engagement for research and expedition activities at sea.”