At the request of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), MARIN started studies for two new research vessels in May 2018, to replace its existing vessels PELAGIA and NAVICULA.
Although both are seagoing vessels, the PELAGIA is designed for ocean research, while the smaller NAVICULA is deployed in the Dutch estuaries.
Arie de Jager
Senior Project Manager
A determining design point of departure for NAVICULA’s successor was that she must be a shallow draught vessel as she will mainly operate in the Wadden Sea. This definitely leads to a very high breadth–draught ratio. Too much draught and length cannot be allowed, but sufficient displacement is required, resulting in a wide vessel.