183m REV Ocean Launch Delayed by “3-5 Years”
The launch of the world’s most advanced research and expedition yacht, REV Ocean, has been delayed by an estimated 3-5 years in a blow to important ocean sustainability initiatives. A statement from REV Ocean cited delays caused by the shipyard as the cause of the prolonged construction of the vessel.
REV Ocean was established in Fornebu, Norway in 2017 with a mission to enable a new generation of ocean solutions and raise awareness of global impacts on the marine environment. The 182.9m REV is a unique, state-of-the-art research and expedition vessel that will be equipped with some of the most sophisticated facilities for cutting-edge ocean science projects.
Research cruises will be focused on the REV Ocean science priorities, with advanced sampling, observation, mapping and communication equipment available for research covering the entire marine ecosystem. Up to 54 scientists can be based onboard with a 36-strong crew manning the vessel.
In addition to research and expedition efforts in its quest of establishing ‘One Healthy Ocean’, REV Ocean will be available to charter for up to 28 guests. This once in a lifetime experience offers guests a chance to join leading ocean researchers, innovators, educators and guides all while indulging in modern comforts during their adventure.
However, any such experience has been delayed and REV Ocean has not received a timeline for when a compliant ship will be delivered. The Espen Oeino-designed superyacht has been in Norway since October 2019 for outfitting. A statement from REV Ocean reads: “Over the past year, the construction of the REV Ocean vessel has been beset by delays caused by the yard. We have been hoping the situation would improve, but compounding issues are causing further setbacks.” The issues relate to technical and weight challenges, meaning the yacht is not in accordance with the specifications in the shipbuilding contract. “Our own best estimate suggests a three to five year delay for when the vessel can be placed in operation.”
Superyachts.com Lead Editor Jenna Mehdi spoke to Nina Jensen, CEO of REV Ocean, about the ambition behind the ground-breaking project, and you can read the full interview here.
REV Ocean withholds the right to cancel the build contract, though at present the priority is to continue to progress towards the delivery of a compliant research and expedition vessel that will provide a huge boost to ocean conservation. We hope to see this truly game-changing project back on track, and on the ocean, soon.
"Our own best estimate suggests a three to five year delay for when the vessel can be placed in operation"