Construction process

  • 2018

    June 8, 2018 - Start of the contract


  • 2018

    June 2018 till February 2019 - Design phase

    Freire Shipyard in collaboration with the ship designer Rolls Royce Marine AS are designing the new research vessel.

    3D images:

  • November 6, 2018 - Press conference

    The State Secretary for Science Policy, Zuhal Demir, and the Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput, have announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel to replace our current research vessel, RV Belgica, in 2020.
    The name of the new vessel will be chosen via a contest for Belgian schools.
    Become ambassador of the new research vessel and experience a unique experience with your class on the North Sea!

    [Programme] [ Press release in Dutch or French] [Contest for schools in Dutch or French] [Photos]

  • November 21-22, 2018

    First tests on scale model at the MARIN institute in the Netherlands.

  • 2019

    March-April 2019

    Production phase: keel laying

  • 2020

    February 2020

    Production phase: launching

  • 2020

    May-September 2020

    Production phase: tests

  • 2020

    October 8, 2020

    Reception of the new research vessel