The $157 million vessel can accommodate a crew of 80 and has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.
De Beers, the world’s No.1 diamond miner by value, unveiled last Thursday the world’s largest diamond exploration vessel, which will search for the coveted stones on the seabed off the coast of Namibia.
The $157 million vessel will enable Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 joint venture between the government of the African country and De Beers, to explore diamond deposits and secure diamond supply in the country well into the future, the Anglo American unit said in a statement.
The 12,000-tonne, 113-metre-long mv SS Nujoma ship, named after Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s founding president, is equipped with sonar technology and a drilling device that can probe the ocean floor and take samples more quickly and efficiently than previous vessels.
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