Our sister website, gCaptain.com, brings us this article on a new expedition support vessel that would be perfect for your next ski trip to the fiords of northern Norway, inlets of western Greenland or the glaciered peaks of the Antarctic peninsula.
Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven Maritime and designer Marin Teknikk have secured what they are calling a “landmark new contract” to design and build a high specification “Expedition Support Vessel”, specially designed for adventurers who will settle for nothing but the most luxurious digs.
The 107-meter Expedition Support Vessel, or ESV, is specially designed for long expeditions in rough waters and features a number of luxurious extras typically reserved for superyachts, including a swimming pool and its own own 21m tender boat on the bow.
“One year ago Marin Teknikk was contacted by the shipowners asking if we would design a so-called Expedition Support Vessel,” said Svein Rune Gjerde, CEO of Marin Teknikk, which designed the new ESV.
Gjerde adds: “This has been a different and interesting project for our design team. The knowledge underpinning the development of this vessel is much the same as it is for our successful offshore vessels, but new regulations and specifications have made this an exciting and challenging project.”
Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven, is also enjoying collaborating with Marin Teknikk for this unique newbuild.
“We have worked with Marin Teknikk for many years, developing numerous offshore vessels together, and the collaboration between us always works well,” said Rasmussen. ”This vessel is a good example of our ability to develop and build specialized vessels and prototypes.”
The new vessel will accommodate 60 people and is to be equipped with a helipad and helicopter hangar.
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