World’s first LNG-powered survey vessel launched in Germany
The worldwide first LNG-powered survey vessel “ATAIR” has floated in Kiel after a building period of 16 months. The vessel was built on behalf of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). General contractor is FASSMER shipyard. Hull and superstructure as well as parts of the outfitting were constructed at German Naval Yards Kiel. The vessel is planned to be used for wreck search and underwater surveying.
Harald Fassmer, Managing Director of FASSMER shipyard said: “The building of the vessel is very complex and large parts of outfitting works are still ahead of us. Therefore I am glad that we have reached this milestone in time. The towing of the ship to FASSMER shipyard is scheduled for middle of March, where installation and finishing works in all trades will be continued seamlessly.”
Jörg Herwig, Managing Director of German Naval Yards Kiel, added: “We are very proud that we have proven again our ability to build a complex and technically demanding vessel once more in due time and within budget. Especially if we consider the innovative side of the vessel, floating of the dock becomes a particularly emotional moment.”
After successful finishing of all trials the new building is planned to be delivered to the BSH in spring 2020.