STX Finland Oy and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs has signed a contract for construction of a Polar Supply and Research Vessel. The ship with a value of approximately EUR 116 million will bring some 600 man-years of work.
The ship will function as a multi-purpose vessel, serving, among other things, as a supply vessel, research vessel, icebreaker, expedition vessel, as well as a passenger ship. The ice-strengthened vessel will be approximately 134 metres long and it will have accommodation for a crew of 45 and some 100 researchers or passengers.
- Length overall: 134.0 m
- Breadth: 23.0 m
- Draught: 7.65 m
- Speed: 14 knots (5 knots in 1m ice)
- machinery detail design: model, drawings in Tribon M3