Final testing for Damen research vessel

'Baía Farta' Baía Farta was built at Damen Shipyards Galati for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. Credit: Damen
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Damen Shipyards Galati has completed a 74m fishery research vessel built to Silent-A/F/R Class notation standards for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries.

A Damen FRV 7417 type vessel, the Baía Farta is equipped for the full range of fisheries research and assessment activities including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations.

“Over the next few weeks the Angolan team will be taking the Baía Farta through its final tests and checks before they head out into the Atlantic for their voyage home,” said Friso Visser, Damen regional director Africa. “We are confident that she will prove to be a highly efficient and effective vessel, and will in the years ahead play a valuable role in the development of the Angolan fishing industry.”

Minimal noise

The Baía Farta has been designed to minimise underwater noise as well as onboard internal acoustic noise and vibration. Expertise from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has also contributed to the development of the vessel.

The vessel was ordered in July 2016 and officially launched in November 2017. She will remain in Galati until November, when she will set sail for Angola.

The Angolan Ministry of Fisheries and Damen have worked together in the past, with Damen having supplied two 62m FRV 6210 Fishery Inspection Surveillance Vessels and a smaller fishery research vessel (FRV 2808).

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