First LNG research ship in Germany

Fassmer has been commissioned to build a new survey and research vessel for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH).
After its completion in 2020, the vessel will replace the ATAIR currently in service.

The 74m long and 17m wide ship will be equipped with a gas-diesel engine, able to run on low emission Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and fulfills the requirements necessary for the environmental “Blue Angel” certificate (Blauer Engel).

The new ATAIR will be the world’s first LNG propelled vessel in government service and the biggest ship in the BSH fleet.

The vessel is outfitted with a vast range of scientific equipment (wet and dry labs, work deck, winches, cranes etc.) and is optimized for assignments in the Baltic and North Sea as well as the northeast waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The new ATAIR will be employed for survey and wreck search missions and surveillance of the maritime environment. Apart from the crew, consisting of 18 members, the ship can take up to 15 additional passengers on board.

The Hamburg maritime engineer office TECHNOLOG services GmbH aided Fassmer in the planning of the optimal integration of the scientific and technical operations, the concept description and visualization as well as the drafting and assembly of the survey and research equipment for this highly innovative ship. The cooperation will be continued throughout the design and construction phases of the project.

Source and more information: Fassmer