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The President of Lithuania is the Godmother of a vessel Mintis

On Tuesday, November 25, the christening ceremony of a research vessel built by a BLRT Grupp shipbuilding yard  Western Baltija Shipbuilding for Klaipeda University took place in Klaipeda.

In the course of the ceremony, the President of Lithuania Dalya Grybauskaitė was named the godmother of the vessel and the vessel was given the name „Mintis“ (translation: a Thought).

“We have a successful long-term partnership with Klaipeda University and are proud to have been given the opportunity to build a unique research vessel as a turnkey project. This vessel has been built by using effective technologies and has modern equipment. We are glad to have met the university’s expectations. Many graduates of the university work in BLRT Grupp companies in Lithuania and took part in construction of this vessel,” - said Fjodor Berman, the Chairman of the Management Board of BLRT Grupp.

Klaipeda University will use the vessel for research activities and the execution of orders in various marine industry sectors, such as monitoring marine environment, fishery resources research, monitoring pollution levels, etc. The first expeditions of the vessel are planned in the beginning of 2015.

A 39-meter long and 12-meter wide catamaran type vessel was designed so that it could go up to 322 km out to sea at maximum wind speed of 20 m/s and maximum wave height of 3.5 m. The vessel crew can consist of up to 6 persons, also, 12 scientists can work on catamaran simultaneously.

The vessel construction had started in July 2013.

Additional information:

Western Baltija Shipbuilding is a part of an Estonian industrial group BLRT Grupp and gives work to over 400 specialists. Since 2010, the specialists of the yard have built 9 vessels on a turnkey basis, including one of the most modern fishing vessels, delivered in 2014. The holding also comprises of three ship-repair yards in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland, an engineering company and a scrap metal processing company. Together, they offer complete range of quality services on all phases of a vessel’s lifespan, from designing and construction to repair and recycling.

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