New Research Vessel Delivered on the Great Lakes

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 22, 2014



The new oceanographic research and fisheries assessment vessel, Arcticus, completed her sea trials and was delivered to the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center on October 17. The Arcticus, designed by JMS Naval Architects (JMS) and constructed at Burger Boat Company, replaces the R/V Grayling and becomes the newest member of a five-vessel fleet owned and operated by the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

JMS completed the concept and contract design and provided all technical representation at the shipyard during construction. The 78-foot Arcticus is a steel, monohull research vessel capable of oceanographic research and fisheries assessment on the Great Lakes. The vessel, based at the Cheboygan Vessel Base, is designed to conduct lake-wide bottom trawl surveys, acoustic surveys, gill net surveys, a variety of over-the-side science operations and will operate year round across three state boundaries, Canadian waters and treaty waters of Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior.

Propulsion is provided by twin Caterpillar 454 BHP C12 C-Rating Tier II diesel engines and a bow thruster for increased maneuverability and station-keeping. The design includes a Wet lab, Dry lab, retractable transducers, ample working deck areas, large pilot house with excellent visibility, and comfortable accommodations and working areas for a three-man crew and six scientists.

A video of Arcticus underway is available at

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