Debmarine Namibia has built a N$2.3 billion (US$157 million) deepwater diamond exploration and sampling vessel – called the motor vessel (mv) SS Nujoma.
The vessel was constructed in Norway by the Kleven Verft shipbuilding group and is named after Namibia’s founding president, Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma.
The most technologically advanced marine diamond sampling and exploration vessel in the world, it was launched into water ahead of schedule on 9 January 2016 and was inaugurated on 15 June 2017.
The diesel-electric powered vessel, 113 metres long and 22 metres wide, has a displacement of 12,000 tonnes and will accommodate a crew of 80. It has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.
The mv SS Nujoma will remain on exploration operations for three years before returning to port for maintenance. The sixth in the Debmarine Namibia fleet, it will be registered at the Port of Lȕderitz.
Funding of the vessel's construction came from two local banks, Standard Bank Namibia and RMB Namibia, a division of the First National Bank of Namibia - both covered a total of 75 per cent of the project cost.
Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond prospecting and mining company, established in January 2002 by De Beers Group and the Government of the Republic of Namibia. Its other vessels are: Debmar Atlantic, Debmar Pacific, !Gariep, Grand Banks and Mafuta. They mine in the offshore mining licence area off the southern coast of Namibia at water depths of up to 150 metres.
22 November 2016
SS Nujoma sails out for sea trials
14 January 2016
Applause as N$2.3 billion SS Nujoma is launched
19 May 2015
Construction begins on £100m Debmarine vessel