An important step was taken towards the achievement of the Antarctic Support Ship (NApAnt) project with the establishment, on September 12th, of the start date for the execution of the contract. As a result, the ship’s delivery period – of 36 months – is now set to September 2025.

The new ship will replace and develop the same missions as the Oceanographic Support Vessel “Ary Rongel”, but with improved capabilities in order to to support the new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF). 

The contract for the acquisition of NApAnt, with construction in the country, had its signing ceremony with POLAR 1 Construção Naval SPE Ltda on June 13 this year. The project of the new ship seeks to provide the Brazilian Navy (MB) with a modern and adequate means of carrying out missions in the Antarctic Continent, in particular logistical support to the EACF. The construction of the NApAnt will take place at the Jurong-Aracruz Shipyard, located in Aracruz (ES).

The CEO of the Management Company of Naval Projects, Vice Admiral Edesio Teixeira Lima Junior, emphasizes that “among the benefits resulting from the construction of the new ship are  the creation of about 600 direct jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs, as well as the consequent promotion of the naval industry and the national technological base, through business opportunities that can already be perceived by the interest and movement of companies in our Defense Industrial Base”.

NApAnt specifications

The ship will have dimensions of 93.9 meters in length, 18.5 meters in width (shaped mouth), a draft of six meters and autonomy for 70 days. With diesel-electric propulsion, it will be able to house a crew of 92 people, including 25 researchers. 

The contract provides for the construction, in national territory, of a ship capable of operating in the summer and autumn on the Antarctic Continent and capable of navigating in places of more recent ice formation. For this, the ship needs a specific shaped hull and a special steel reinforced belt just below its waterline. 
Fonte: Agência Marinha de Notícias