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‘World’s Quietest Ship’ Contender Is Showcase Of Faroese Shipbuilding

The vessel is among the quietest ships ever built to facilitate marine research

Posted on December 8, 2020

A shipyard on the tiny island community of the Faroes has stunned the commercial marine world by turning out a cutting-edge research vessel.

The research vessel Jákup Sverri was built in the Faroese MEST Shipyard and recently classed by Bureau Veritas who have been widely singing its praises. The vessel’s primary task will be to survey in and around the Faroe Islands.

Measuring 54 metres in length, Jákup Sverri, which will conduct work for the Faroe Marine Research Institute, is packed with the latest specialized and highly automated equipment for oceanographic and fishing research activities, including pelagic and bottom trawling, underwater acoustic research, hydrographic, seismic, ROV operations, and plankton and bottom sampling. To support its wide-ranging operational profile the vessel – which features four scientific laboratories – has also been equipped with a dynamic positioning (DP) system and is outfitted for operation in ice and cold climates.

Bureau Veritas was involved with the project from its early design stages, with the vessel’s characteristic RV5414 design developed in-house by MEST Shipyard. Close cooperation with MEST Shipyard enabled BV specialists to provide technical and regulatory expertise helping ensure compliance with the applicable class rules and statutory regulations. The design review process has been coordinated by the Nordic plan approval office in Copenhagen, which is fully qualified for newbuilding projects. Local surveyor presence on the Faroe Islands enabled BV to support the shipyard throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, without any denial or postponement of survey requests.

Gijsbert de Jong, recently appointed Marine Chief Executive for Bureau Veritas’ Nordic region, explained: “A real stand-out feature is that the vessel is among the quietest ships ever built to facilitate marine research activities as confirmed by underwater noise measurements. This is primarily achieved by diesel-electric propulsion with elastically mounted diesel generators and an electrically driven five blade ultra-silent propeller. During sea trials, the ship has proven to have excellent seakeeping characteristics to the satisfaction of the owner and crew.”

By Jake Frith

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