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Heidenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 2023/08/23 - The start of construction of the Meteor IV was marked with the keel laying at the Neptune shipyard in Rostock in mid-July 2023 - Voith.com. FSE: VO2A
• In operation from 2026 for national and international marine research;
• eVSP and VIT enable sustainable and efficient operation;
• High performance in dynamic positioning makes safe and precise work possible even in adverse conditions.
The specialized vessel, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is expected to be completed and ready to start making an important contribution to national and international marine research in 2026. Focus will be on environmental and climate topics. The results of the investigations will supply new building blocks for the solutions to society’s great challenges of today and tomorrow.
The 125-meter-long ship will be fitted out with state-of-the-art research equipment enabling it to carry out its multi-functional and interdisciplinary tasks. This will include laboratories and high-precision echo sounders as well as research winches for measurements in the deepest ocean trenches.
The Meteor IV will also have high-precision positioning systems enabling high-precision work to be carried out. At the heart of these systems is state-of-the-art propulsion technology from Voith: Two powerful electric Voith Schneider Propellers (eVSP 32X8/285) at the stern, supported by a Voith Inline Thruster (VIT 2000-1650H) and a retractable rudder propeller at the bow provide the necessary thrust for the research vessel. The extremely fast response time of the eVSP enables high performance in accurate dynamic positioning and excellent maneuverability, which clearly surpasses that of comparable propulsion concepts, even in rough waters.
The Meteor IV is designed for a service life of 30 years at 345 days of use per year. This high usage rate in combination with the long service life was also a reason why the operators and the shipyards decided in favor of the eVSP. The innovative ship propulsion system features high reliability, low wear, and low maintenance especially since the propulsion system does without a gearbox.
Another advantage of the eVSP: The propulsion system has an extremely low level of vibration and includes an integrated roll stabilization system, which can reduce vessel roll. This greatly enhances passenger comfort and working conditions for the maximum 71 people (36 nautical and technical crew members and 35 researchers) on board. It will also make it possible for them to work more safely when the ship is in rough waters.
"The high efficiency of the eVSP makes operation of the vessel not just more economical but also more sustainable."
Dr. Dirk Jürgens, Vice President Research & Development at Voith Turbo Marine
About the Voith Group
The Voith Group (voith.com) is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has around 21,000 employees, sales of € 4.9 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.
About Voith Turbo
The Group Division Voith Turbo is part of the Voith Group and a specialist for intelligent drive technology, systems as well as tailor-made services. With its innovative and smart products, Voith offers highest efficiency and reliability. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, mining and mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles rely on the advanced technologies and digital applications of Voith.