Niestern Sander built research vessel Geo Ranger completes sea trials

Hydrographic survey vessel Geo Ranger has concluded its sea trials. The ship was built by Royal Niestern Sander for Geo Plus BV. The latter will offer the ship for charter for research projects.

The trials took place from 15-19 June on the river Ems. In the presence of Geo Plus, surveyors of Lloyd’s Register and various commissioning engineers of Kongsberg and Alewijnse, the capabilities of the vessel were tested thoroughly.

Royal Niestern Sander and Geo Plus BV signed the contract for the construction of the Geo Ranger, yard number 864, in April 2019. After the start of construction in September, the ship was transported early February from the construction hall to the quay side to prepare for the launch on 7 March. Delivery was originally planned for April.

The DP2 ship was designed by Conoship International BV in close cooperation with Niestern Sander. Geo Plus will charter the vessel to parties that perform research, such as dredging companies and companies that build and maintain offshore wind farms. The ship was built under Lloyd’s Register class.

The details of the Geo Ranger are: 498 GT, L oa x B x D = 41.00 x 8.70 x 4.25 metres. The propulsion is diesel-electric with an installed power of 4 x 300 kW to drive two rudder propellers (2 x 400 kW) and two bow thrusters (2 x 200 kW). The ship offers accommodation for 21 persons.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.