Naming Ceremony of “Dr Fridtjof Nansen”
The Naming Ceremony of the supersilent Oceanographic Research Vessel “Dr Fridtjof Nansen”, delivered by GONDAN in January, took place last Friday 24th of March in Norway’s capital Oslo. Due to the relevance of this vessel for FAO’s EAF Nansen project, this ceremony was attended by representatives from the Norwegian Government like Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende and Climate and Enviroment Minister Vidar Helgesen.
Officers from the agencies related to the project were also present, such as José Graziano da Silva, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Sissel Rogne, Director of the Institute of Marine Research from Bergen, and several ministers and representatives of the Fishing sector from countries that have participated in the EAF Nansen project, like Namibia or Ghana.
The Dr Fridtjof Nansen, a last generation oceanographic research vessel, is outfitted according to the best shipbuilding standard for modern noise reduced Research Vessels, in compliance with the strict requirements of ICES 209, and will mainly operate in tropic and sub-tropic areas in developing countries.
Cutting edge technology has been used for the vessel to develop activities focused on marine ecosystem studies with emphasis on fish stock assessment. In addition, the vessel will be used for: data collection for studies and understanding of climate change effects, mapping of marine biodiversity, measurements of CO2 and the resulting acidification of the oceans, measurements of oxygen and de-oxygenation of the oceans and studies of pollution.