Belgium to receive new oceanographic research vessel

Spain’s Freire Shipyard is about to begin works on a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgian interests. The newbuild will replace the BELSPO-owned, 1984-built RV Belgica and will perform tasks related to oceanography, geology, sedimentology, fisheries, chemistry and hydrography. Freire aspires to launch the vessel in February 2020, with the handover planned in October 2020.