Keel-Laying Ceremony for the Research Vessel Held at Western Baltija Shipbuilding
Western Baltija Shipbuilding (WBS) is currently in the process of construction of a new research vessel commissioned by a company group operating in the Faroe Islands. On September 17, the official construction of the vessel commenced.
Representatives of both the commissioners (MEST Shipyard company group) and the future owners of the vessel (the Faroe Marine Research Institute) participated in the symbolic keel-laying ceremony.
MEST Shipyard CEO Mr Mouritz Mohr and the Head of the Faroe Marine Research Institute Mr Eilif Gaard emphasised that this day is very important not only to those participating in the ceremony, but also to all citizens of the Faroe Islands.
‘We celebrate the keel-laying of research vessel that will help explore oceans and preserve fish stocks for future generations – for our children and grandchildren. Every citizen of the Faroe Islands follows the vessel construction process. This project is of key importance to everyone – both the population and Government representatives,’ stated Mr Mohrd.
Both commissioners and owners are pleased with the successful cooperation with WBS and the smooth work process: ‘We have chosen WBS to build the vessel because this shipbuilding company is one of the best, with its many years of experience in the implementation of ship hull construction projects, great reputation, and reliability,’ stated Mr Mohrd. WBS Director Mr Vitalij Frolov expressed his gratitude for the trust and emphasised that the construction of the hull of the research vessel is an exceptional project that calls for special attention.
WBS signed a contract with MEST Shipyard for the building and partial fitting out of the hull of the research vessel, which is 54 metres long and 13.7 metres wide, in February 2018. The project is scheduled for completion before the summer of 2019. It is planned to use approximately 800 tons of steel for the building of the hull of the research vessel and approximately 40 tons of aluminium will be used for the building of the superstructure. In addition, the piping and other equipment, such as motors, generators, and steering gears, will be installed.
The vessel built under the commission of the Faroe Islands Government will be used for fishery and research works at sea. It will meet Silent-R noise requirements. Moreover, it will have to conform to Class C Ice criteria. The fulfilment of the requirements will be given particular attention. The hull built in Klaipėda will be transported to the Faroe Islands for final works.
WBS already has experience with the construction of research vessels, which is notable for its complexity since it requires the installation of large quantities of equipment. Almost four years ago, vessel Mintis distinguished by its multifunctional marine research possibilities was completed and delivered to the Klaipėda University. This vessel had three stationary laboratories set up: hydrological-biological, geological, and hydroacoustic. The installed equipment allows exploring all main components of the marine environment. The demand for Mintis vessel surpassed all expectations.
MEST Shipyard is a group of four companies, the oldest of which dates back to 1898. It is a company of deeply rooted tradition and huge experience, passing its expertise and values from generation to generation.