Sea Platforms

Update: New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins conversion into naval platform

12 February 2019

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel, MV Edda Fonn , has arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, for a fitting-out process that will be conducted according to naval requirements.

The 85 m vessel, which will be in service as HMNZS Manawanui once commissioned, departed its previous homeport of Haugesund, Norway, on 31 January, and arrived in Frederikshavn on 1 February, according to data from IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal.

Edda Fonn was acquired by the New Zealand government in 2018 for NZD103 million (USD69 million) to fulfil existing gaps in the RNZN’s diving support and hydrographic survey capabilities.

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