France: Piriou Breaks Into Exploration Ships Market with New Order
Piriou wins a historic order and breaks into a new market, that of exploration ships.
PIRIOU has just signed a contract for the construction of an exploration ship 76 metres in length that it will deliver in 36 months to a European shipowner. The ship will be built in Concarneau (29) by CHANTIERS PIRIOU, the group’s French shipbuilding branch. It is a first and a real challenge for the French shipbuilding company.
The ship will be:
– “ICE IC” class vessel
– “CLEANSHIP”class vessel
– “PASSENGER SHIP” class vessel
The environmentally friendly ship will combine a complex technical platform with an extremely high level of comfort.
This transoceanic exploration ship is designed to carry out prolonged, long distance voyages in extreme temperatures (-20°C/+50°C)) both at sea, and in rivers and Large Lakes with a high degree of reliability in all conditions encountered.
This exploration ship is intended mainly for engineers, scientists or technicians on long-distance missions and is destined to become a research ship furthering the knowledge of the oceans. During stopovers it will be transformed into a place for discussion designed to support and stimulate the work of researchers from all over the world. It will also be a place used to raise questions relating to the future of the planet aimed at increasing awareness of environmental issues in the general public and in young people.
Subsea World News Staff , June 27, 2012; Image: Piriou