V.Ships Leisure part of V.Group, has announced that it will partner with REV Ocean to provide a tailored suite of ship management services for the world’s largest and most advanced research & expedition vessel (REV), scheduled for completion in 2021.

REV Ocean is a not-for-profit created by Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke with the 182.9-meter newbuild yacht designed for marine science and research with a maximum capacity of 90 people, including crew, scientists and guests. The ship, which will be the world’s largest yacht, will function as a research vessel, be available for full charters and then also sail expedition cruises with 30 passengers working alongside 24 scientists.

Following its first water launch in Tulcea, Romania on 24 August, the vessel is now on its way to the Brattvåg shipyard on the west coast of Norway for more construction works. REV will be equipped for conducting research that covers the entire marine ecosystem, using advanced technology systems developed by world-leading knowledge clusters in Norway. She will be used by scientists for innovative research expeditions which explore issues such as the impact that CO2 emissions have on the oceans, plastic pollution, protection of endangered species and sustainable fishing. The vessel is constructed to run on diesel-electric engines, with an additional 3MW lithium-ion battery pack for peak shaving and ensuring optimum efficiency.

Dag Christoffersen, Managing Director V.Ships Nordic Cluster, said, “REV Ocean’s decision to build the biggest vessel of its kind in the world, featuring the world’s most advanced technology and scientific equipment, necessitates ship management support from a partner with unmatched capacity to deliver. In addition to V.Group’s global reach, REV Ocean will benefit from the local expertise of our Norway office, which has strong ties with the Kjell Inge Røkke group of companies, and extensive knowledge of working within the guidelines set out by the Norwegian Maritime Authority.”