New BSH vessel

22 Feb 2017

Currently under construction by German shipyard Fassmer Werft in Berne is ‘Adair’, the world’s first ocean-going public service vessel with dual fuel LNG drive destined for survey, wreck location and research operations in the North Sea, Baltic and North Atlantic.

It will operate
under the auspices of the Federal German Maritime & Hydrographic Agency
(BSH) based in Hamburg and Rostock.

Commissioned by the German Transport Ministry at a reported
cost of €114m, the 74m long vessel will replace a smaller BSH one of the same
name originally built by Kroeger Werft in 1987. 
Scheduled to commence service at the beginning of 2020, it will be the
governmental organisation’s largest ship to date with a crew of 18 and
provision for at least 15 scientists. 
Two independent onboard tenders, extensive laboratory facilities and
free deck space of 200 square metres are among main design features.

Anticipated technical equipment is likely to comprise DP and
integrated navigation systems together with an assortment of survey, sonar and
diving assemblies.  Principal engineering
and design consultants for the newbuilding are Technolog Services of Hamburg.

By David Goodfellow

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