STX Finland awarded contract for Polar supply and research vesselVessel & ROV News // November 23, 2009
STX Finland is to build a poalr supply and research vessel for South Africa.
STX Finland Oy and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs have signed a contract for construction of a Polar supply and research vessel. The ship will provide the yard with 600 man-years of work and will be built at Rauma shipyard and be delivered in spring 2012.
The ship will function as a multi-purpose vessel, serving, among other things, as a supply vessel, research vessel, icebreaker, expedition vessel, as well as a passenger ship.
The ice-strengthened vessel will be approximately 134m long and it will have accommodation for a crew of 45 and some 100 researchers or passengers.
The Polar supply and research vessel will be used to carry scientists and research equipment for the South African National Antarctic programme in the sea area between South Africa, the Antarctic islands and the Antarctica.
The ship can spend several months at sea and it also acts as a mobile laboratory. Scientists can also conduct various marine research onboard the ship. The ship is classified for carrying passengers, and will be used to make a continuous record of weather data for meteorological institutions around the world.
The vessel has a shelter and landing area for two Puma class helicopters and it will feature laboratories, a gym, a library, and a small hospital.