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UiT builds new research vessel designed by Skipskompetanse
June 25, 2021

Vaagland Båtbyggeri AS have signed a contract for a new research vessel for Uit Norges Arktiske Universitet, and the vessel is designed by Skipskompetanse. 


UiT Norges Arktiske Universitet has ordered a new coastal vessel that will replace the function of the two vessels FF Johan Ruud and FF Hyas.

The vessel will be the yard number 161 and will be 26.4m x 10m. The vessel will be equipped for testing of bottom fauna as well as being equipped with trawling gear to research fish and other sea creatures. It will be arranged for education with laboratories.

– Vessels are an important and absolutely necessary infrastructure for our students and researchers in arctic and marine subjects. We are pleased that in 2023 we can replace FF Johan Ruud and FF Hyas with a new and modern coastal vessel, says Principal Anne Husebekk. 

The hull will be built in Poland and is expected to arrive in Norway in the spring 2022 with final delivery to UiT in the fall of 2022. Outfitting of the vessel will be done at Vaagland Båtbyggeri inside the docking hall, to ensure good quality results.

The new research vessel will be used for education within the fields of Geo science, biology, fishing tool technology and navigation. Additionally, it will be used for collection of sea and port data and educational material.

Vaagland Båtbyggeri and Skipskompetanse are satisfied that the vessel contract has been landed in Norway and that many local suppliers will be involved in the project.

Vessel data: 

Lenght: 26,42 m 
Width: 10 m
Research Education facilities: Capacity for groups of up to 10 persons 
Accommodation: 14 persons including crew

The vessel will be fitted with two laboratories and an open and education-friendly bridge for navigation learning. Other equipment to be installed includes: 

Deck Crane: Folding Crane 1080 kg /13,16 m 
A-FrameSB: 2000 kg
A-Frame AFT: 5000 kg 
Trawling Winches: 2 x 8 t / 2000 m 
Trawl Drum: 8 t / 5,7 m 
CTD Winch: 2 t / 2000 m 
Håvevinsj: 1,5 t / 1000 m