Fisheries Research Vessel for German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food
After a European tendering process, the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) awarded Damen a contract for a Fisheries Research Vessel. The 85-metre long vessel, to be called the Walther Herwig, will support Germany’s fisheries and oceanographic research programmes. Damen will construct the vessel to the highest levels of scientific and environmental standards at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania with delivery expected in January 2020.
The Walther Herwig will be the largest vessel in the German Federal Ministry of the Agriculture and Food fleet. It will have accommodation for 26 crew and 26 scientists. In terms of scientific facilities and equipment, it will be equipped with two hangars, wet and dry laboratory areas and trawling gear for both demersal and pelagic fisheries research. For physical and biological oceanographic studies, scientific teams will be able to utilise winches capable of relaying equipment to depths of up to 6,000 metres.