SS Nujoma launched in Norway

Debmarine Namibia’s latest innovation, the MV SS Nujoma, a 113 metre long diamond sampling and exploration vessel was successfully launched at the Kleven Verft AS shipyard in Ulsteinvik, Norway over the weekend.
Months of painstaking design, high precision vessel module construction and part assemblies from around the globe proved successful, when the 12 000 tonne diamond sampling vessel was launched ahead of schedule to the applause of the ship owner, shipbuilders and the Ulsteinvik community.
“It was a pleasure to witness the successful launch of the mv SS Nujoma. Debmarine Namibia with De Beers Marine South Africa, Kleven shipbuilding Group and Marinteknikk Naval Architects have demonstrated world class capability in producing this unique, highly innovative, mineral exploration vessel.
This adventure is still in the making as much work still needs to be done prior to the vessel’s maiden voyage to Africa. The loyalty, dedication and commitment of the project team thus far, is commendable,” said Debmarine Namibia CEO Mr Otto Shikongo. Now that the vessel is floating, its outfitting will be completed prior to sea trials and final delivery from Kleven to Debmarine Namibia. Debmarine Namibia is in the process of recruiting and selecting Namibian skilled and licenced seamen who will undergo training and vessel familiarisation prior to the vessel handover. The second part of this N$2.3 billion project, the subsea sampling system and treatment plant, has been developed in parallel by De Beers Marine South Africa and will be installed onto the MV SS Nujoma in the Port of Cape Town in the second half of 2016. The MV SS Nujoma – proudly named after the Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma – is the first of its kind and incorporates numerous innovative technologies. The MV SS Nujoma is diesel electric powered, and can accommodate up to 80 crew members.
The MV SS Nujoma is the most advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration vessel in the world and will be the sixth vessel in the Debmarine Namibia fleet. The vessel is scheduled to start commissioning in Namibian waters in the first half of 2017. Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond prospecting and mining company, owned in equal shares by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers.
Debmarine Namibia became operational in January 2001 and mines in the off-shore mining licence area off the southern coast of Namibia at water depths of up to 140 metres. The company operates five diamond mining vessels, namely Debmar Atlantic, Debmar Pacific, !Gariep, Grand Banks and Mafuta. Two mining technologies are deployed, the airlift-drill and the crawler mining technology. The mining vessels mine diamonds off the ocean floor using highly advanced drill technology and supported with sophisticated tracking, positioning and surveying equipment. Debmarine Namibia
currently charters the MV Coral Sea and MV The Explorer for sampling and exploration.

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