Damen Launches Fishery Research Vessel for Angola

Damen Shipyards Galati has launched a fishery research vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries.

Close attention is being paid to the design, construction and outfitting of the vessel in order to minimize noise and vibration both on board and underwater, the company explained.

The FRV 7417 is suited for various purposes, including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towing operations.

Friso Visser, Damen regional director Africa, said: “This vessel represents the future of fishery research, featuring cutting-edge technologies to make operations both sustainable and comfortable. She will enable the Angolan Fisheries Ministry to carry out research into its fishing grounds that will help to develop and preserve the nation’s industry and environment.”

The design of the Baía Farta is based on the ST-368 design for which Damen worked together with the Norwegian design specialist Skipsteknisk.

The vessel’s construction has been an international project, involving input from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in the Netherlands, with building taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.

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