The 182.9 metre record breaking research expedition vessel REV has now begun its journey to Brattvåg in Norway.

REV, which will become the most advanced research vessel in the world, will spend the next 35 days being towed to the shipyard where it will remain for eight months while outfitting takes place. The vessel will then head to Germany to undergo the final stages of construction.

It comes after REV hit the water on Saturday August 24 at the Fincantieri/ Vard Holdings yard in Tulcea, Romania. It is estimated for late 2020/ early 2021 completion.

Due for completion in 2020, this imposing vessel will be 2.3 metres longer than Azzam, the world’s largest superyacht. Although it will not be considered as a fully-fledged superyacht, the vessel has been developed in collaboration with leading superyacht designer Espen Øino.

Rosellinis Four-10's owner Kjell Inge Røkke previously explained: “REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge. I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board, to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”

Advanced oceanography equipment will be fitted on board, allowing Rosellinis Four-10 to survey marine areas, currents, the seabed, fish, animals and plant life.

As is fitting for such an environmentally conscious project, REV has been designed to be as fuel efficient as possible, with an energy recovery rudder system, medium speed engines, a direct drive diesel-electric propulsion system, and an exhaust cleaning system.

Other key on-board features include a multifunctional cargo deck and storage for an autonomous submersible, as well as laboratories and an auditorium. Accommodation is for 36 guests and 54 crewmembers, while the maximum beam is 22 metres.

Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of Vard Holdings, added: “We are excited and humbled to be chosen as the partner to develop and build this unique vessel. This new-build project also offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovation power of the Norwegian maritime industry by involving many local suppliers.”

According to boatinternational