STX delivers new fisheries research vessel to Namibia


Namibia has taken delivery of the RV Mirabilis, a fisheries research vessel that will arrive in Namibia at the end of this month after sailing from the STX Rauma shipyard in Finland.

STX Finland’s Rauma Shipyard celebrated the flag-changing ceremony on June 28, which was attended by representatives from Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the classification society Bureau Veritas and STX Finland, invited guests and members of the press.
“We are very satisfied to deliver the RV Mirabilis to the customer on schedule and as agreed. Cooperation both at the national level and between the project groups has been extremely good and close through the whole process,” said Toivo Ilvonen, Director of STX Rauma Shipyard.
“Together with the Agulhas II, the Antarctic research and supply vessel completed in April, the specialised vessel delivered now constitutes an excellent reference in the STX Finland’s research vessel segment. Both vessels have attracted a lot of international attention,” Ilvonen continues.

The vessel was commissioned in March 2011 and production began in August that year. RV Mirabilis was launched on April 3 this year and then tested and commissioned. She was bought for 35 million euros by the Namibian government with the help of an interest-free loan from the Finnish government.

RV Mirabilis, is 62.4 metres long and 14.3 metres wide. In the design of the research vessel, special attention has been paid to the ship’s technology, serviceability and low maintenance costs, STX said.

The tasks of the ship include monitoring fish stock, as well as sorting, processing, freezing and storing fish. The specialised vessel will also be used for collecting biological samples for seabed and water quality research and analysis, and it will provide assistance for the control of fishing.

The ship also features facilities for meteorological research and a dynamic positioning system which enables it to operate in any African sea, during all weather conditions during all seasons, with no restrictions. She will provide accommodation for 44 crew members and research personnel.

The RV Mirabilis will replace the current RV Welwitschia, donated by Japan in 1994, and which the ministry says is dilapidated. The RV Welwitschia has no ability to do deep water trawling and has limited deck space and scientific accommodation on board.