ProZero Workboats has announced the sale of a new 15m ProZero vessel to Nord University in Norway. This acquisition marks a significant milestone for Nord University’s commitment to expanding and enhancing its research capabilities within the blue sector.
The university expressed great enthusiasm for the new vessel, highlighting the numerous benefits it will bring to its research and academic endeavours. The 15m ProZero workboat will provide researchers and students with improved opportunities to expand and advance their studies. It is expected to contribute to technological progress, empowering students, and researchers to engage in high-quality teaching and research activities.
This acquisition is part of Nord University’s historic investment in the blue sector. With the ongoing construction of the “Blått bygg” campus in Bodø, set to accommodate the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture from the fall of 2024, and the recent christening of the coastal research vessel “Prinsesse Ingrid Alexandra” (PIA) in April 2023, this new vessel represents another significant addition to Nord University’s marine infrastructure.
According to Skipper Morten Krogstad, the new 15m Prospero Workboat is a clear improvement that complements the existing fleet. He emphasises that Nord University’s campus in Bodø is now the ideal place to study marine and fisheries sciences.
Dean Mette Sørensen affirmed the positive development of the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture in recent years, with an increase in both student and staff numbers. She emphasised that the new infrastructure, including the “Blått bygg,” the coastal research vessel, and the research boat, will provide students with top-notch facilities. This enhanced infrastructure will further strengthen research efforts and offer students new and exciting courses.
The ProZero 15m vessel represents an advanced maritime solution, designed with versatility and efficiency in mind for various marine applications. Constructed using high-quality composite materials, it ensures durability and longevity while meeting regulatory standards. The vessel incorporates robust features for enhanced functionality and protection, including large fender lists for docking and mooring operations. Its interior and exterior are set up to meet the universities specific needs in regards of equipment’s such as winches and cranes, to handle water and seabed samples, and the layout is configured to ensure the best possible workflow whilst having students on board.
“ProZero Workboats is delighted to support Nord University in its pursuit of academic excellence and technological advancement within the blue sector.” Said Jonas Pedersen, Managing Director at ProZero Workboats. The sale of this 15m ProZero vessel represents a significant step forward in fostering cutting-edge research and educational opportunities for students and researchers at Nord University.