The new vessel will serve as a versatile platform for oceanographic research, including hydrography and biological-, geological- and geophysical research. According to the requirements of TUBITAK, Ulstein Es-Cad has developed the vessel with an overall length of 41.2 metres, a beam of 9.6 metres and a design speed of 16 knots.
Considering its compact size, the vessel will be equipped for sustained operations, with a cruising range of 2.700 nautical miles at 14 knots and accommodation for 14 scientific personnel in addition to a permanent crew of 12.
The vessel is arranged with four laboratories, meeting facilities and a working deck of 100 m². The working deck is equipped with full crane coverage, twin winches and an aft A-frame, as well as being arranged for ROV operations.
Oceanographic research vessel for Turkey from Ulstein.
"The Turkish Government is giving emphasis to enhancing the capabilities for oceanographic and geological research, both from an environmental- and resource management perspective, as well as in consideration of large population centres being located in seismologically active areas. We believe the current contract would serve to position Ulstein as a relevant partner also for larger projects that are planned," says Engin Sezen, general manager of Ulstein Es-Cad.
To this end, Cem Aktare, technical manager of Ulstein Es-Cad, underlines the competitive business concept offered by the Ulstein Group; "Ulstein Design holds important experience from development of specialized offshore- and seismic vessels. With our joint capabilities, we are able to propose future concepts based on proven platforms, yet largely local content, thus enhancing the feasibility and competitiveness."
"On the other hand, Ulstein Es-Cad and Ulstein Design have already successfully realised joint projects, and the competitive advantages secured by such cooperation are certainly not limited to the Turkish market," says Aktare.
TUBITAK is the leading agency for managing, funding and conducting research in Turkey, with more than 1,500 researchers engaged in basic research and applied research, independently and in public-private partnership. The agency reports to the Prime Minister and is a principal advisor to the Turkish Government on science and research issues.