Ocean Research Corporation, Florida, recently took delivery of a new 141 foot welded steel hull/aluminum superstructure Research Vessel from Hike Metal Products Ltd. in Wheatley Ontario Canada. Subsequent to contract signing, the customer’s design underwent a design check / detailed design review
, after which time the workings drawing package was developed along with computerized lofting and CNC cut files generation for hull structure.
The vessel measures 141 x 31 ft. beam and has a draft of 7.5 ft. The hull form is a double chine semi-displacement and with twin Caterpillar 3508 marine diesel engines allows
the vessel to do an impressive 16 knots at full power. Two 99KW generators provide onboard power for such amenities as the dual water maker
, HVAC, hydraulics (which operate the Quantum Zero speed stabilizing system, steering, 120hp bow thruster, Pallfinger deck crane), pumps,domestic appliances, refrigeration and other electrical / electronic loads. Although the exterior is primarily of a commercial finish, the interior is finished to a very high end standard with exotic mahogany joinerywork, granite and Wisperwalls deckhead system. The vessel is intended for worldwide cruising, research, and exploration activity and has an estimated cruising range of 5200 n.m. at 10 knots. The ship is ABS +A1 +AMS Classified, and MCA certified. Gross Tonnage is 495. The foredeck and focsile can accommodate two offshore launches in the 30ft range, as well as several jet ski’s.