The development of the REV project is a result of collaboration, discussions and input from several different partners, contributors and supporters, ranging from technologists and scientists to environmentalists and politicians.
Below some of them comment on the vision of the project and why REV is an important contribution to the preservation of the oceans for future generations.
“This is a very exciting project. Pollution of the oceans is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and we appreciate all efforts to solve this pressing issue. Governmental action is vital. However, private initiatives are also needed. This project is an excellent example of the latter.”
Prime Minister of Norway
“The world’s oceans have never been under greater pressure. We have an unprecedented need for knowledge to preserve marine life for future generations. This project represents an entirely new level of international research. It will be fantastic if we can gather accurate knowledge as a basis for political action and groundbreaking solutions.”
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) AND DEPUTY UN SECRETARY GENERAL
“REV is trailblazing in the way it targets high impact solutions caring for the oceans. This is of upmost importance for humanity. Still there is a huge lack of understandings of the processes taking place in the oceans and the coastal areas including the arctic areas. We are in hurry to understand, and actions are needed right now. Our mission is to contribute to knowledge-based management and sustainability in the value creation harvest of the resources the oceans are offering us. We trust in knowledge and competence, and a corresponding holistic view when addressing global challenges related to the oceans such as climate, environment, lack of food, energy and minerals as well as logistics and transportation. Turning the challenges into new possibilities and solutions require multi-disciplinary teams with highly skilled, competent and even more important, visionary and wise people with passion and capabilities to execute.”
DIRECTOR NTNU AMOS CENTRE FOR AUTONOMOUS MARINE OPERATIONS AND SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT OF MARINE TECHNOLOGY NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, NTNU
“The ocean holds the key to the future of Norway, in environmental, climate, employment and welfare terms. We need a national initiative. A healthy marine environment is a prerequisite for future industrial development and settlement based on resources from the ocean. Plastic and marine waste constitute one of our greatest environmental challenges. I think Norway should take international leadership to improve ocean health. This will require extensive collaboration between authorities, researchers and private sector.”
LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY
“Given the importance of the oceans in terms of food, health, energy, environmental and climate, it is astonishing that so much of the oceans remains unexplored. The international community is in need of a large-scale knowledge-gathering effort to ensure sustainable development that balances use and conservation. This groundbreaking new private initiative, and the vessel with its advanced scientific equipment, will be an important contribution in this regard. I look forward to working with WWF, Nina Jensen and Kjell Inge Røkke on this project.”
DIRECTOR, NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE
“NTNU and UiT have had researchers in the final stages of the design phase. We are confident that REV will be an important and positive supplement to the existing national fleet of vessels for research expeditions in the northern areas, of which Helmer Hansen and Kronprins Håkon – which is currently under construction – are the most prominent. With its ocean-going capacity, REV is also an excellent vessel for marine research both at sea and in coastal areas. The ship will give researchers access to advanced marine biochemistry laboratories. REV also has the ability to test and use advanced sensor systems and marine robotics with autonomous and remote controlled underwater vehicles, unmanned boats and drones. The opportunity to accommodate up to 60 researchers at the same time facilitates multi-disciplinary teams that can explore the ocean together. REV will provide scientists with capacity and opportunities to advance within scientific research, contribute to knowledge-based management of the oceans and communicate knowledge to the public.”
RECTOR, UIT THE ARCTIC UNIVERSITY OF NORWAY RECTOR, NTNU NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
“REV will probably be the most important ship I’ve ever worked on. It will also be the most special one – the vessel needs to meet the highest standards in so many areas at the same time. REV will operate under demanding climatic conditions, accommodate some of the most advanced research equipment and at the same time have a standard that is required for charter within this market. By combining knowledge, research and financial resources, my hope is that REV will make an important contribution to addressing and solving the challenges faced by the oceans.”
B. SC. (HONS), SIV. ING. ESPEN OEINO INTERNATIONAL S.A.R.L.
“It is a privilege to be invited to join this unique project and the opportunity to work with such an enlightened and forward thinking client and to help those on board to meet the challenges they will face by giving them a flexible, functional yet hopefully calming interior. It is now my challenge to deliver a new kind of interior that is fit for the demands of its purpose, one that is holistic in its requirement to connect to the environment around it, and establish a new way, a new thinking to a project that has no precedent.”
Owner and Design Director of H2 Design
“In the future, the Earth’s population will be dependent on increasing, global utilisation of marine resources. Such use must be sustainable and occur from clean oceans. Modern infrastructure and advanced research platforms are crucial factors in the capability of the research institutions of the future to promote such development. SINTEF considers it very positive and commendable that private parties are helping to finance advanced research infrastructure in accordance with Norwegian research policy and OECD recommendations. The “REV” will provide researchers with unique opportunities to test and develop environmental technologies and technologies for all marine industries, and SINTEF hopes to be a user of the ship’s capacity”
PRESIDENT, SINTEF OCEAN AS
“The oceans have no borders, and broad national and international research cooperation facilitates greater understanding of life in the oceans, climate change and pollution. We need to harvest and manage marine resources in a sustainable manner that also benefits future generations. The private REV initiative promises to be a very important platform for improving our knowledge of the oceans, and the Research Council welcomes it.”
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NORWAY
“The launch of this website represents the starting point for an important aspect of the REV project: a platform to inform and exchange thoughts and ideas regarding the future of our oceans. This digital hub will be an open and interactive communication channel for all activities regarding the vessel. It will be under constant development in the years to come, implementing new technological possibilities along the way. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working with the REV project, and proud members of the team behind this website.”
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