Ian Lavarello visited the shipyard in Gdansk where the MV Geo Searcher is being refitted for use at Tristan.

Chief Islander visits new fishing vessel Geo-Searcher in Poland

Report and photos from Chris Carnegy of a visit to the MV Geo Searcher as she was refitted as a fishing vessel in a yard in Poland in November 2016
Geo-Searcher Foredeck, with Gdansk crane in background

On November 10th and 11th, Chief Islander Ian Lavarello and Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy visited Geo Searcher as she underwent the last of the conversion work being carried out in Gdansk, Poland. A few days later the ship was due to depart for Cape Town where more work will be completed before she starts service for Tristan in March.

Ovenstone chose the vessel for its build quality, sea keeping and the facilities for passengers, including all-en suite bathrooms and a dedicated hospital cabin. The cargo hold can take pallets and many other items, and will have its own fork-lift truck, while two twenty-foot containers can be carried on deck. Any cargo not carried on the Geo Searcher will be conveyed on alternate vessels.

The lobster processing facility has had major investment, with modern conveyer systems and innovative designs aimed at maximising both efficiency and quality.

Ian declared himself very impressed with the vessel, noting the spaciousness and comfort of the cabins and the level access to the 'air taxi' deck. He will see Geo Searcher again when she arrives in Cape Town.

Hi-tech fishing station in the starboard bridge extension Ian on the bridge
Typical cabin
One of the passengers' day rooms Crew mess
Ian and Chris trying out the new crane! Foredeck, with Ovenstone's Managing Director
Andrew James alongside Ian Lavarello
The overhead conveyer for lobster traps Crane view
More views from the crane

Above left: Lobster sorting area

Above: Geo-Searcher's Stern

Left: On deck

We look forward to adding photos of Geo-Searcher in Cape Town, and during the first voyage to Tristan.