The Research Explorer Vessel (REV) has been commissioned by Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, for the key purpose of housing scientists for far-reaching expeditions to map and survey the ocean’s marine life. Røkke hopes that this will lead to discovery of new solutions for preserving the world’s seas, and is working in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Norway.

The REV will be fitted with sustainable energy solutions where possible, including a slim hull line and efficient wave-cutting bulb to help reduce fuel usage from the medium-speed engines. An energy recovery rudder system and battery package with an exhaust cleaning system will feature below the water-line. She is being designed and built by commercial shipbuilder, VARD, a company belonging to the Fincantieri Group, and should be ready to launch in 2020.

However, Owner Kjell Inge Røkke explained that the boat will be able to be used by luxury guests as well as scientists. “The ship will be offered as an arena for scientists and explorers from all over the world. The vessel will be built to the highest standard making it suitable for charter to private individuals, companies and institutions, which will generate research funding, and my family and I will also charter and use the ship as a place for recreation and inspiration,” he said.

Two 2,400 eKw Caterpillar engines will drive the REV to a top speed of 17 knots and at half load, she will be able to cruise non-stop for 21,120 nautical miles. When used for research, she can carry up to 60 scientists and 40 crew members, whilst on luxury trips the vessel is designed to host up to 36 guests together with a company of 54 crew members.

Watch the video to find out more about the REV.