TULCEA, 24 August, 2019 – A monumental day for a monumental ship. REV Ocean is thrilled to announce the first water launch of the world’s largest and most advanced research and expedition vessel (REV Ocean). After an extensive and complicated build period over the past 18 months, the vessel was finally lowered into the water today at the VARD Tulcea shipyard in Romania.
Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean, commented: “Today is an especially exciting day, our state-of-the-art research vessel has achieved a major milestone and we are now one step closer to realizing our vision of safeguarding the ocean. We look forward with great anticipation to REV Ocean’s journey to Norway and seeing the next stage of progress towards our ambitions of developing ocean solutions.”
REV Ocean will strive to fill critical knowledge gaps, develop innovative solutions, and bridge science, business and policy sectors to achieve positive change. Taking on the role of ocean trailblazers the goal is to create positive, measurable impact; provide a pathway for others to follow and motivate the next generation of ocean leaders. Our vision of ensuring – One Healthy Ocean – forms the core mantra of the whole organization.
George Gill, Project Director and Owners Representative, said: “It is an emotive experience launching REV, to have developed and overseen REV from a blank piece of paper three and half years ago has been a challenging, educational, rewarding experience, the project evolved into something far more complicated and ambitious than I ever assumed and it has been a personal career highlight. Our Build Team, VARD Group and our Partners have worked and are working incredibly hard realizing Mr Kjell Inge Røkkes wishes to create this amazing vessel. We still have a long way to go and a lot of hard graft ahead, but I cannot wait to get her to Norway and start the next phase. REV will be a truly inspiring vessel in looks and purpose when we deliver her to REV Ocean”
Over the coming weeks the vessel will be towed down the Danube River, into the Black Sea, out through the dramatic Bosporus Strait in Istanbul, traverse the Mediterranean, exit around the Strait of Gibraltar, and finally arrive at the VARD shipyard in Brattvag, Norway. The journey is estimated to take 30 – 35 days depending on conditions en-route.
Oystein Mikelborg, REV Ocean Operations Director, added: “Now that the initial build phase is complete, we anxiously await her delivery in Norway where we will focus on installing technical gear, scientific equipment, research labs, and all the exciting tools that researchers will use to achieve our core science goals.
REV Ocean will be equipped for conducting missions that cover the entire marine ecosystem. It will be used by scientists and innovators for ‘solutions’ oriented research that explore issues such as the impact CO2 emissions have on the ocean, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing. REV Ocean will be an inclusive global vehicle for testing and proliferating ocean solutions. The vessel is 182.9 meters long and will have the capacity of holding 55 scientists and 35 crew. Equipment onboard includes scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium and classrooms, moonpool, AUV and submarine, an ROV with 6000 meters depth capacity, and advanced communication equipment.
Espen Oeino, the Yacht Designer, said: “This was very much the brainchild of the owner, he called me to tell me about this project which is unlike any other vessel in the world – a yacht with a purpose, a noble purpose. The whole rhetoric is kind of a showcase of state-of-the-art marine equipment and I think it will be the best equipped scientific ship on the sea. It is probably the most important project we will ever have the chance to work on.”
REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company established and funded by Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Røkke. The foundation was established as a result of Mr. Røkke signing the Giving Pledge campaign in 2017 vowing to give away more than 50% of his fortune to philanthropic causes. Any profit generated from our activities will be reinvested into our work programme for a healthier ocean.
Lloyd Werft to support the outfitting of the world’s largest research and expedition vessel
Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, based in Germany, has been chosen by Norwegian businessman, Kjell Inge Røkke, to provide docking facilities and support the final construction phase of the world’s largest research and expedition vessel – the nearly 183 metre-long REV Ocean.
The newbuild will arrive at the Bremerhaven yard in the spring of 2020. Its initial construction took place at Vard Tulcea in Romania after which it was towed to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for technical and scientific outfitting. The contract covering final outfitting at Lloyd Werft was signed at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Lloyd Werft CEO, Rüdiger Pallentin said of the prestigious project: “We welcome the trust placed in us to support the completion of this extraordinary vessel. Along with the earlier delivery of the yacht LUNA and the current construction at the yard of a 140-metre yacht we have placed Lloyd Werft in the top segment of the market.”
Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean said: “We know we will be in good hands with Lloyd Werft who will provide us with the highest quality of shipyard facilities and environmental standards. This will be the last stage of the building process and then REV Ocean will be operational, and ready to develop innovative solutions, for a positive change in the ocean.”
George Gill, the owner’s representative for REV Ocean, said of Lloyd Werft’s commitment: “When we started the REV project we always knew that we were going to need a final outfitting shipyard once we took delivery from VARD. In Lloyd Werft, we have found the ideal partner to assist us with the supply of facilities and support for the final outfitting stage at their shipyard facilities in Bremerhaven, Germany. Their unique insight into research vessels, with over thirty years of regular refits and maintenance on the RV Polarstern, plus cruise ship refits and yacht construction is of a huge advantage to us and I look forward to dry docking REV Ocean with them in spring next year.”
REV Ocean will be a state-of-the-art floating research platform used to investigate and improve the state of the world’s ocean. On-board accommodation will be available for a total of appr. 60 scientists and guests as well as 30 crew members. Among other features, researchers will have access to a submarine with a diving depth of 2,300 meters (launched via a moonpool) and a trawl system to catch fish and other sea creatures from depths down to 3,000 metres. REV Ocean has an operational range of more than 21,000 nautical miles and will be one of the most advanced and environmentally-friendly yachts in the world.
REV Ocean will be docked at Lloyd Werft from appr. April 2020 to April 2021. The yard will provide support to the owner’s team in their main tasks including installation of interiors, filling, fairing and painting of the superstructure, the laying of the deck and the assembly of outer ceilings.
About Lloyd Werft:
Founded in 1857, Lloyd Werft has been part of the Genting Group since 2015 and is located on a more than 260,000 square metre site in Bremerhaven’s Überseehafen on the German North Sea coast. Three large dry and floating docks make it possible to build, convert and refit ships and yachts of more than 300 metres in length and a draught of up to 11 metres. Lloyd Werft works to the strictest quality, safety and environmental standards, has its own development and design competence, well-equipped workshops and a proven network of partner companies. References in yachting include the 115-metre-long LUNA and a 140-metre-long yacht currently under construction.