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Dakota Creek Wins Bid to build Scripps' New RV

The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the shipyard responsible for constructing the next chapter in ocean exploration for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The new research vessel will be owned by ONR for the Department of the Navy and operated by Scripps under charter party agreement. Dakota Creek Industries Inc. (DCI) of Anacortes, Wash., will build AGOR 28, a new “Ocean Class” research vessel that will advance Scripps’ pursuits of the planet’s most vital environmental and scientific challenges. Specifically designed to operate globally, this vessel will support both U.S. Navy and national oceanographic research objectives.  National security research objectives include exploring science and technology in the areas of oceanographic and meteorological observations, modeling and prediction in the battlespace environment; submarine detection and classification; and mine warfare applications for detecting and neutralizing mines in both the ocean and littoral environment. AGOR 28, which will be launched in 2015, will be a highly capable modern research vessel designed to support ocean science for the next 30 years. As a seagoing laboratory supporting research and education, the new ship will feature powerful research instrumentation to fuel scientific exploration, including mapping systems, sensors and profilers that will investigate features from the seafloor to the atmosphere.


JMS Acquires Research Vessel Design Firm

Photo courtesy JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers

JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers (JMS) acquired Roger Long Marine Architecture Inc. (RLMA). The acquisition includes exclusive rights to RLMA’s enormously successful Challenger class fast research vessels. Roger Long, RLMA’s founder and principal designer, will become a senior design consultant to JMS’ research vessel design projects. JMS and Roger Long have collaborated on several projects in the past and look forward to merging their resources and expanding the


Launching of Fisheries Research Vessel in Finland

STX Finland's Rauma Shipyard celebrated the launch of the special purpose vessel ordered by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Republic of Namibia. Representatives of the owner, classification society Bureau Veritas and STX Finland were present. Newbuilding No. 1378, RV Mirabilis, measures 62 meters in length and, upon completion, will operate as a research vessel, gathering information on fish stocks and their living environment


ASMAR Uses FORAN for New Research Vessel

Cabo de Hornos

FORAN has been the CAD/CAM System used by the Chilean shipyard ASMAR in the development of an Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Vessel, a state of the art design built for worldwide oceanographic and fishing service and geological research. The vessel, Cabo de Hornos, has been already delivered. With a length overall of 74.1 m, breadth molded of 15.6 m and depth to main deck of 8.5 m, the vessel can reach a speed of 14.3 knots, with accommodation for 68 persons


NOAA Research Vessel on Vegetarian Diet

The Huron Explorer, a 41-ft. former Coast Guard vessel now serving on the Great Lakes is the first modern U.S. research vessel to operate free of petroleum products. Photo credit: NOAA A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) small research vessel is now powered by soybeans. The Huron Explorer, a 41-ft. former Coast Guard vessel now serving on the Great Lakes, is the first U.S. research vessel to operate free of petroleum products.


NOAA Dedicates New Research Vessel

SOPNewswire reported that NOAA has dedicated a new high-speed research vessel. It will that will work the waters of the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The vessel will be used primarily for research missions but will also support education, monitoring and emergency response patrols. The vessel has been named the Auk in honor of an extinct seabird that once wintered in these waters. Built by All American Marine of Bellingham, Wash


A New Standard of Quiet

Institutions through out North America are paying a lot of attention to the University of Delaware’s new research vessel the Hugh R. Sharpe recently delivered from Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes Washington. (www.dakotacreek.com ) The vessel is fitted with retractable transducer pod, articulating stern gantry, wet lab, dry lab, forward gear deployment boom and CTD handling system. It incorporates in one vessel many of the most sought after features found on scientific research vessels


Aker Arctic to Design Chinese Research Icebreaker

A plan has been organized by State Oceanic Administration (SOA),China, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA)  and the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) to build an advanced new icebreaking research vessel to meet the increased need of polar scientific research.   The new vessel will be equipped with advanced scientific equipment for polar oceans research. The integrated survey systems include marine geological and geophysical equipment


Miller Showcases New Welding Equipment

The new XR-S and XR-D wire feeders (Image courtesy Miller Electric Mfg. Co.)

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will showcase a wide range of new and popular welding products, technologies and safety accessories at the FABTECH 2010 show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2 – 4. Miller’s booth this year (#6811 in Hall C) will provide attendees with product selection clarity by featuring market specific solutions designed to address the specific needs and challenges of the manufacturing, fabrication, shipbuilding


S.A. Agulhas II

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S. African Polar Research Vessel The Polar Research Vessel S.A. Agulhas II has been built by STX Finland for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The ship is a modern and sophisticated research vessel, commissioned to the DEA in May 2012, built to replace the S.A. Agulhas after 33 years of service.  The ship will support the South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE IV) base on the Antarctic continent


Thoma-Sea Launches US-flagged OSV

Photo: TAI

Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that another derivative of a vessel built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs was launched.   Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC has launched a 6,300 DWT Technology EnviroMax 310 OSV from its Lockport, La. shipyard on April 28


Gondan Lays Keef for IMR Oceanographic Vessel

Gondan Shipyard has celebrated at its facilities in Figueras the keel laying ceremony of the new Oceanographic Research Vessel for the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway. Several representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Coatings Quietly Helping to Control Noise

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U.S. Navy’s AGOR Research Vessels are built to be as operationally quiet as possible. That’s where Mascoat’s Sound Control-dB coatings come in. When the U.S. Navy began its design and build program for its newest generation of research vessels


DP System Donated to NTNU Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime has donated and installed a K-Pos Dynamic Positioning System aboard the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) owned R/V Gunnerus research vessel. The donation and KONGSBERG’s continued support of the University was recognized at a VIP ceremony at the NTNU


Research Vessel Gets 20-year Life Extension

Photo: Damen

French scientific research vessel to be completely renovated in life extension project   French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II arrived at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on March 14 for a project that aims to extend her life by a further 20 years. The work will span a total of four months


Norway Abandons Arctic Navy Base, Russia Comes in

Waste handling in Olavsvern base: Photo courtesy: olavsvern.no

 Russia is using a former top secret NATO base situated in the heart of the Arctic Circle, reports AFP.   The Norwegian authorities are gravely upset over a secret naval base they sold two years ago: what makes them panic over the facility they just recently deemed unnecessary is that


Rolls-Royce Propulsion Package for Polar Ship

Rolls-Royce to Deliver Propulsion System for new Norwegian Polar Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by ship builder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out significant environmental research at the North and South Poles.


Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Polar Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out environmental research at the North and South Poles. 


Kvichak to Build Catamaran Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60’ aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water Resources designed by Incat Crowther, Australia with design guidance and customer representation by Jensen Maritime Consultants


Damen Refits Fisheries Research Vessel

Photo: Damen

Tridens joins select group of vessels installed with ‘drop keel’ echosounder technology     Last week, the Dutch governmental shipping company Rijksrederij (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment


Russian Submarine Seen Near Latvian Waters

National Armed Forces coast guard patrol boat Klints by Public broadcasting of Latvia

 The Latvian armed forces spotted a Russian submarine in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia on March 16, reports BBC.   The warship was seen at a distance of 27 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the country. The vessel was a Russian Project 877 Paltus submarine


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon


Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification

Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.   Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate


Electronics Retrofit for Taiwanese Research Vessel

Ta Kuan (Photo courtesy of L-3 SAM Electronics)

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to retrofit propulsion control and automation systems aboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Ta Kuan hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel.   The 93-meter-long vessel, built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia


Voyager Navigation Software for German Research Vessel

Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) reported that operators Briese Schiffahrt has chosen to install its Voyager navigation software on Germany’s newest research vessel, RV Sonne.    Sonne will carry the GNS Voyager Package 3, which provides the crew with route planning capability






 
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