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Fassmer awarded contract to build first methanol-powered research vessel in Germany

28 Aug 2020

German shipyard Fassmer GmbH Co on Monday (24 August) said it received an order from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) to build a new methanol-powered research vessel UTHÖRN

The new UTHÖRN will be the first ship built in Germany with an environmentally friendly and sustainable methanol drive, it said. 

“We are pleased about this order, with which we can demonstrate our competence in the field of innovative research vessels,” said Harald Fassmer, Fassmer’s managing director.

“The implementation of new propulsion technologies in special shipbuilding requires extensive system expertise on the part of the shipyard. 

“This also applies to this new building in particular, as the relevant regulations are still being coordinated and the intended drive components do not yet have the necessary type approvals.”

The 35.70 meter long research ship will be given extensive scientific equipment with various special winches, lifting devices, sensors and a modern laboratory facility with training opportunities. 

It will operate mainly in the North Sea with a regional focus in the vicinity of the island station on Heligoland operated by the AWI.

The new building replaces the current UTHÖRN, which has been in service since 1982.

Photo credit: Fassmer GmbH Co
Published: 28 August, 2020

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