Norway-based Vard has secured a deal to design and build a new research expedition vessel (REV) for Rosellinis Four-10, owned by the Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke and family.

Vard Design has designed the vessel in partnership with Rosellinis Four-10 and designer EspenØino, and it is expected to enter service by 2020.

The REV's hull is to be built at Vard’s yard in Tulcea, Romania, and will be towed to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for outfitting. The vessel will then return to Romania for fairing, deck laying and finalisation of the accommodation area.

Rosellinis Four-10's REV will feature a length of 182m and be able to accommodate 90 persons, including a maximum of 36 guests.

Røkke said: “My very first large factory trawler was built by VARD 30 years ago, and I have enjoyed a great relationship with the team at Vard since then.

“I know what Vard stands for, and it is a pleasure to come back and build this Research Expedition Vessel together with them.

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"I would like to welcome researchers and other institutions onboard to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas."

“The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge. I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on-board to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”

The vessel has been specifically designed for conducting research and expedition activities worldwide and is set to be equipped to monitor and survey marine areas, currents, seabed, fish, animals and plant life across the world’s oceans.

It will incorporate the VARD 6 16 design, which is optimised for navigating waters in the most challenging and vulnerable environments, from arctic to tropical areas.

The new REV is also planned to include various environmentally friendly solutions, as well as modern laboratories, an auditorium, a hangar for a remote operated vehicle (ROV) and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with direct access to the vessel’s moon pool, and a multifunctional cargo deck.

Image: Rendering of Rosellinis Four-10’s new research expedition vessel. Photo: courtesy of VARD.