Brand new research vessel handed over to Norad
The new Dr. Fridtjof Nansen research vessel was handed over to Norad from the shipyard Astilleros Gondan in Spain Thursday 5 January 2017.
This is the third consecutive Norwegian research vessel dedicated to surveys in developing countries.
The vessel is an integral part of the Nansen Programme, executed by FAO in close collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway, and funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
The programme has been the flagship of Norwegian development cooperation in fisheries for more than 40 years.
The vessel will soon leave the shipyard in Spain and go to Norway for further installations of equipment and testing. If everything goes as planned, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will arrive in Bergen in a week’s time.
The baptising ceremony of the new vessel will take place in Oslo 24 March.