The scientific research ship “Baía Farta” on Monday was officially handed over to the Angolan government by Romanian company Damen Shipyards Mangalia, which started building it in 2016, and was witnessed by the Minister of Fisheries and the Sea, Maria Antonieta. Baptista, the Angolan press reported.
The minister, noting that the ship cost US$80 million, said it will be costly to maintain, “so it is necessary to find initiatives that make it self-sustaining, as it is very useful not only to Angola but also to Africa and to the world.”
The ship is expected to go into service in Angola at the end of August or the first week of September, and the Angolan team to replace the foreign one currently operating the vessel is being prepared to begin work when the sea trials start.
After it was completed at the Romanian company’s shipyards, “Baía Farta” was initially subjected to testing in the Black Sea and later in the Atlantic Ocean, while heading to Angola.
At 74 metres long, the ship has an acoustical room, four laboratories, a gym, double cabins, kitchen, service area with 15 command monitors and three computers for sonar control (an electronic device commonly used for naval navigation to measure the distance between the water’s surface and the seabed). (Macauhub)