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Norwegian billionaire is funding world’s largest yacht

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Staff Writer | May 31, 2017
Kjell Inge Rokke
Superyacht   Ocean research center

A596-foot superyacht is being built in a Norwegian shipyard right now, scheduled for her maiden launch sometime in 2020.

One could reasonably expect the billionaire owner of said yacht would have a pretty awesome party planned for that occasion, but one would be wrong.

The Norwegian Research Expedition Vessel (REV) could be the largest yacht in the world once construction is finished two to three years from now and its purpose actually has more to do with saving the oceans than simply basking in them.

Kjell Inge Rokke is one of Norway’s richest men, with an estimated fortune of a little more than $2 billion.

Rokke has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to build a yacht equipped with something called a moonpool for underwater launching and retrieval, an underwater noise pollution prevention system, and a laundry list of other “green features” throughout the vessel.

It will support 30 crew members, more than 20 scientists, and more than 30 other passengers. Among many things, the ship will remove up to five tons of plastic daily from the ocean and melt it down to cut down on plastic pollution.

It will hold sea and air drones, multiple research labs, and even an auditorium. Rokke’s ship is essentially being turned into a floating ocean saving superfort – all with a price tag that has yet to be disclosed.


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