Pourquoi Pas?

The Pourquoi Pas ? was launched in 2005. The propulsion system is designed to eliminate underwater radiated noise whilst operating at certain speeds. The two Fixed Pitch Propellers are driven by four Wärtsilä 8L20 double elastically mounted generating sets producing 5,8 MW.

The Pourquoi pas? is capable of conducting hydrographic (deep or coastal waters), geo-scientific, and physical/ chemical/ biological oceanographic missions, and can also deploy the institute's scientific equipment. The ship is co-financed by IFREMER (Institus Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER) and the French Navy.

Name Pourquoi Pas
IMO 9285548
Type Research vessel
Owner Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER (IFREMER) and French Navy
Shipyard STX shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St Nazaire, France
Delivered 2005
Displacement 6600 GT
Lenght overall 107.60 m
Breadth 20.00 m
Draft 6.90 m
Maximum speed 15 knots

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