REV OCEAN, the world’s largest research and expedition ship, was launched in late August and will be used to study the health of our seas.

The Norwegian billionaire Kiell Inge Rokke has decided to try to repay the sea that has largely contributed to his fortune, commissioning a megayacht that will be a “platform for gathering knowledge” on the health of the seas of our planet.

REV OCEAN, this is the name of the ship, was built by Fincantieri in the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania and will be equipped for conducting missions that cover the entire marine ecosystem. It will be used by scientists and innovators for ‘solutions’ oriented research that explore issues such as the impact CO2 emissions have on the ocean, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing. REV Ocean will be an inclusive global vehicle for testing and proliferating ocean solutions. The vessel is 182.9 meters long and will have the capacity of holding 55 scientists and 35 crew. Equipment onboard includes scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium and classrooms, moonpool, AUV and submarine, an ROV with 6000 meters depth capacity, and advanced communication equipment.

Naturally the environmental impact of the superyacht has been minimized. The engine is hybrid with a lithium battery, gas emissions and the noise pollution are reduced. There is a rudder system for energy recovery and a drain cleaning system. According to the REV Ocean website, an on-board incinerator system will allow for all materials including plastics, but not metal or glass, to be incinerated in an “environmentally positive way without producing noxious gases. In addition, every kilogram of waste burned will generate 11kWh of thermal power in the form of hot water that can be used in the ship’s hot water circuits.

Over the coming weeks the vessel will be towed down the Danube River, into the Black Sea, out through the  Bosporus Strait in Istanbul, traverse the Mediterranean, exit around the Strait of Gibraltar, and finally arrive at the VARD shipyard in Brattvag, Norway. The journey is estimated to take 30 – 35 days.