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New iXblue vessel for MRE research

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New iXblue vessel for MRE research

Marine Marchande

French inertial navigation specialist iXblue commissioned and began operating its new hydrographic research vessel in June 2016. The FeliX is a composite catamaran designed, built and outfitted by iXblue companies. Although the design caters for hydrographic surveying and oceanographic and biological research, most missions to date have focused on R&D for marine renewable energy programmes.

The FeliX is the only vessel on the French market offering R&D services to the MRE community. She was built by the ex-H2X yard at La Ciotat for operator iXSurvey. Today, iXSurvey — now known as Sea Operations — and the shipyard are divisions of the iXblue group, a development which has made the group more vertical while reta