With 14 of the 47 blocks that make up the hull and superstructure and 4 more blocks that are under construction, the marine scientific research vessel (BICM) of the General Directorate for Maritime DIMAR is advancing in the Colombian shipyard COTECMAR.
The BICM designed by the Dutch DAMMEN has the model 8316 from this shipyard as a reference. DIMAR will focus its operations on oceanographic and hydrographic campaigns in waters of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, collecting data from the seabed up to 7,000 meters deep and preventing Colombia’s roadmap to admitting an advisory member of the Antarctic Treaty as part of the actions of the Colombian Antarctic Program , research is also being carried out on the Antarctic Peninsula.
The first sheet metal cut of this new ship, which is positioned as the largest ship built in Colombia, took place on July 21, 2020. With a length of 83 meters, a width of 16 meters and a draft of 4.25 meters, it will have an autonomy of 36 days and can accommodate 90 people among crew, scientists and additional staff. The top speed is 15 knots with a range of 12,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. It is powered by diesel with 2,980 kW. As a propeller with a controllable stage, it can also accommodate 2 containers with a length of 10 to 20 feet to accommodate additional research laboratories. (Carlos Vanegas, correspondent for the Edefa group in Colombia)
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