Freire launches the most advance oceanographic vessel to sail Persian Gulf
The 50-meter-long vessel will be delivered to Abu Dhabi in December
Construction number 730 of Freire shipyard from Vigo is already floating. Yesterday was the launching of the oceanographic vessel that it is building for Abu Dhabi Environment Agency. Representatives of the shipbuilder received the visit of a small delegation from Abu Dhabi Ship Building, the shipowner who requested the construction, as well as from the supervision team, at its facilities of Beiramar Avenue (Vigo). From now on, work afloat and the final fine-tuning of this maritime laboratory will continue until its delivery, which will probably be before the end of the year. It is scheduled to arrive in the United Arab Emirates capital in December. If proposed deadlines are met, the shipyard will have invested two years in one of its top orders.
The vessel, 50 meters long and unknown cost, will move to Persian Gulf to start operating in 2023. Inside, there are five laboratories with enough space for thirty people. According to a communication from the Abudabi government, the "most advanced research vessel in the Middle East" is being built in Vigo.
The design of the oceanographic has been conditioned by the seabed in which it will work. Persian Gulf waters, between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, are characterized by being shallow (up to about thirty meters) and by their high salinity. That design began in January 2021 and the first steel to be cut from the ship was last summer.
The vessel has the built-in functions necessary to conduct comprehensive marine and fisheries surveys, as well as deep-sea baseline ecological analysis and deep-sea habitat assessments of corals and seagrasses.
Paulino Freire foundation shipyards strengthen with this delivery their experience in oceanographic constructions. They recently worked on a ship of this type for Belgium and are currently working on another for the United States. The shipyard from Vigo has been chosen to build the first research vessel that the Americans commission outside the country.
At the moment, Freire has no new orders in the portfolio. His staff is transforming Cayman Islands-flagged oceanographic Falkor Too and building two luxury mega-yachts, both over a hundred meters in length. Despite the instability of the sector at Vigo’s Bay, it is one of the shipyards maintaining a higher rate of work.
Source: La Voz de Galicia