On January 8th, 2015 a ceremony of keel laying of a special vessel for interdisciplinary research of the sea was held at the premises of Nauta Shiprepair Yard at. Doki Street in Gdańsk. In keeping with shipbuilding tradition, the special Polish and Swedish coins were placed under a keelblock of the ship.
The vessel is built for Gothenburg University. Nauta signed this contract in November 2013. Unit will replace over 40 years old research vessel Skagerak. It will be 45 meters in length and will have a displacement of about 800 tones. The ships gets a crew of five persons and have place for about 20 students and scientists. The new vessel will take over the name of the old unit.
The vessel will provide the university with a super-modern marine laboratory. It will make it possible to study large- scale process, such as how changes in the climate affect ocean currents and pH values, which in turn affect marine life. The vessel will be included in the university’s environmental certification ISO 14001.
Keel laying ceremony is a proud milestone in the vessel’s construction. The ceremony has traditionally invited good luck in the construction process of the ship and continued good luck throughout the life of the vessel.