TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s first domestically-made oceangoing research vessel will be delivered and come into service in late September, the director of the project said.
Speaking on Sunday, Abbas Nobakhti said the ship has been launched into water and currently is passing various tests before sailing.
He predicted that the tests would finish by late August and the ship would be delivered by late September.
Earlier in February, former head of the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAC) expected that the official coming into service of the vessel would occur in spring or summer.
Back in 2009, “Iran-Arak”, the country’s first oceangoing ship produced by Iran Ship Building and Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO), was launched. It weighs over 7000 tons and is capable of carrying over 30,000 tons of cargo or 2,200 TEU.
Iran-Arak can accelerate to 32 knots (59.3 km/h) and is able to sail 25 days non-stop. The vessel, which has cost $50 million to construct, has a length of 185 meters, a beam of 30 meters, and a draft of 10 meters and uses more than 16.7 MW to reach 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h).
The second home-made oceangoing cargo ship, named “Iran Shahr-E-Kord”, was also tested successfully in May 2014. With a length of 187 meters and a width of 30 meters, the ship has the capacity to carry 2,200 containers.