Armón shipyard from Vigo launchs the new Ireland’s research vessel "Tom Crean" hull
The vessel on schedule to be completed in summer 2022
The hull of Ireland's new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, RV Tom Crean, was recently launched at Astilleros Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. With the vessel on schedule to be completed in summer 2022. The build of the RV Tom Crean received funding of €25 million from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, as approved by the Government of Ireland.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., said, “I am pleased to note the significant progress being made to date on the construction of Ireland's new marine research vessel ' RV Tom Crean' and welcome this significant milestone in the construction project. This new research vessel (when delivered in 2022) will be an important infrastructural tool in acquiring data and information supporting the sustainable management and development of Irelands valuable marine resource. The vessel will support key national and international programmes in fish stock assessment, climate change related research, environmental monitoring, seabed mapping and marine spatial planning, supporting the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and delivery of the National Marine Planning Framework and other important marine related activities."
Michael Gillooly, Interim CEO of the Marine Institute highlighted the importance of this “modern, multipurpose vessel “. And he added that “The RV Tom Crean will enable the Marine Institute to continue to lead and support vital scientific surveys that contribute to Ireland's position as a leader in marine science."
The new vessel
The RV Tom Crean, which will replace the 31 metre RV Celtic Voyager, will provide a year-round service, enabling 300 operational days at sea each year, and up to 3,000 scientist days of research per year explains the Interim CEO of the Marine Institute. The new research vessel will be a silent vessel, capable of operating throughout the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and will be able to go to sea for at least 21 days at a time.
Based in Galway, the vessel will be used by the Marine Institute, other state agencies and universities to undertake multidisciplinary surveys. It will also maintain and deploy weather buoys, observational infrastructure, and our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Holland I.
Ireland's new marine research vessel has been named the RV Tom Crean, after the renowned seaman and explorer who undertook three majors ground-breaking expeditions to the Antarctic in the early years of the 20th Century, which sought to increase scientific knowledge and to explore unreached areas of the world, at that time.
Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. were awarded the contract to build Ireland's new state-of-the-art marine research vessel in 2019, following the completion of the design by Norwegian ship design consultants Skipsteknisk AS. The construction of the new national research vessel continues schedule and on budget in 2021.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras