According to the company's statement, Atair II will be the world’s first government owned LNG powered research vessel, and the first newbuild to use Kongsberg’s Integrated Research Vessel Concept, which will unite operational hydrographic and energy functions on board, facilitating information sharing, efficiency and long-term life cycle. The concept delivers high level acoustic data acquisition dynamic positioning, propulsion control, navigation, vessel automation, energy management and propulsion solutions.

"With concepts designed for specific ship types, our Integrated Vessel Concepts portfolio represents the cutting-edge of marine technology and engineering” said Brynjulv Standal, VP Global Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.

Under the agreement, Kongsberg with its sub suppliers will provide all electrical systems, telecom systems, propulsion motor, cables and installation as a full engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI).

Atiar II will be built at Fassmer Werft in Berne, and is scheduled for delivery in 2020. It will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and Search & Rescue operations, marine environmental monitoring, as well as the technical testing of navigation and radar equipment.