Rolls-Royce has been selected to design a vessel that will facilitate environmental research at the North and South Poles.
The vessel will be outfitted to cover marine research operations, including the monitoring of fishing stocks, meteorological studies, sea floor sampling and mapping.
The NVC 395 POLAR ship will be designed for operations in waters covered by ice up to one metre thick and is classified to Polar 10 ice class.
The contract is with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, but all Norwegian research institutes involved in polar research will be involved in both development and use of the vessel.
Einar Vegsund, Rolls-Royce design manager, said: ‘We have drawn on our expertise in such ships to deliver a solution for a technology-intensive vessel that can operate in the harshest environments.’