The worldwide first LNG-operated survey vessel “ATAIR“ has floated in Kiel after a building period of 16 months. The vessel was built on behalf of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). General contractor is FASSMER shipyard. Hull and superstructure as well as parts of the outfitting were constructed at GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL. The survey vessel is planned to be used for wreck search and underwater surveying.
The LNG-propulsion – known as the future technology in the shipping industry – is a very innovative feature on “ATAIR”. The vessel” will use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) instead of usual Diesel, which is more climate-friendly than fuel.