Start construction RV Anna Weber-van Bosse
On 11 October 2023, the festive start of construction of the new ocean-going research vessel the RV Anna Weber-van Bosse took place at the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon in Vigo. The traditional coin 'for good luck' was welded onto the first steel keel plates by captain Hein Oenema and Gert-Jan Reichart, head of NIOZ's Ocean Research Department. This innovative and sustainable ship will replace the then 35-year-old RV Pelagia in two years' time. The new ship will be prepared to run on methanol and it will have an ice class, making it possible to conduct research closer to the ice edge, which is needed due to the rapidly melting ice caps. The flagship of the Dutch research fleet is named after Anna Weber-van Bosse: the first Dutch female, seagoing marine biologist.
Video of the event on 11 October 2023.
The event was organised as a side event of the EurOCEAN2023 conference which took place on 10-11 October 2023 at the Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos Mar de Vigo. The day after the European Marine Board Members (representing over 10,000 scientists and technical staff in Europe) met on 12-13 October in Vigo to reflect on the outcomes from the EurOCEAN 2023 conference. To celebrate the start of the construction of the RV Anna Weber-van Bosse, an important milestone for the new Dutch Research Fleet, NIOZ invited EMB delegates, EMB Young Ambassadors, co-organizers and other distinguished guests of the EurOCEAN2023 conference.