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Ship & Boat International eNews: March/April 2022



The forthcoming Dutch training vessel Ab Initio is on schedule to be delivered in August this year, builder Concordia Damen has confirmed. The 67m x 8.2m ship will provide training to future crew and ship's masters, doubling as a field lab in which companies can trial new equipment and technology on board, in collaboration with the students.


Ab Initio has been designed to accommodate up to 30 passengers and draw 1.8m. The vessel has been built with recyclable materials and features a hybrid propulsive arrangement.  C-Job Naval Architects, which provided the design, says: "The ship [will be] future-proof because of its changeable generators, and it is easy adaptable for a fuel cell or hydrogen if required." Additional clean power will be sourced through a 200m2 spread of solar panels, and the vessel will be able to sail emission-free for up to four hours. 


C-Job reports that it initially "started with a simplistic ship design", before tweaking it for a sleeker, more futuristic look. "The ship mainly transports people, so it's relatively light," C-Job adds. "Designing a shallow ship complicates the design, which we solved by creating a hull shape that cuts through the water." On the navcomms side, JRC/Alphatron Marine reports that it has donated a JMR 611 radar to the newbuild, along with its LYNX conning software.