The 181m/586ft expedition yacht REV is preparing to hit the water and travel to Norway for the final stages of outfitting.
On August 22, the world’s largest explorer yacht REV will hit the water for the first time at specialist shipyard VARD in Romania.
She will then travel to Norway by tow for outfitting.
The motor yacht will later return to Romania for fairing, deck laying and the finalization of the accommodation areas.
REV has been commissioned by Norwegian ocean research company Rosellinis Four-10. The company is owned by Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Roekke.
The yacht is due for completion in 2020.
Once delivered, the vessel will be used for conducting research expeditions around the globe.
She has total autonomy for up to 114 days at sea, as well as an exceptional 21,120 nautical mile cruising range.
REV has been designed to be as environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient as possible, with an energy recovery rudder system, medium-speed engines and a high-tech exhaust cleaning system.
The 16,000 GT vessel measures .99m longer than AZZAM, the Lurssen megayacht which currently holds the crown for the world’s largest superyacht.
She sports exterior design from world-renowned superyacht designer Espen Oeino.
REV boasts numerous stand-out features, including cutting-edge laboratory facilities and a Mooonpool for observing marine life below the surface of the sea.
She is also equipped with a host of modern entertainment and leisure facilities, including a dedicated media centre for viewing and editing footage.
Accommodation is provided for 36 guests and 54 members of crew.
Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of Vard Holdings, has said; “We are excited and humbled to be chosen as the partner to develop and build this unique vessel.
“This new-build project also offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovation power of the Norwegian maritime industry by involving many local suppliers.”