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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations. Live Science reports that two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans. The ocean researchers said that the U.S. National Science Foundation has commissioned the Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq.

UK Marine Industries Alliance Welcomes UK Polar Ship Decision

Polar Ship Research (Photo: UK Marine Industries Alliance)

The U.K. Marine Industries Alliance has welcomed the government’s announcement that the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art $308 million polar research ship is a U.K. company. The new polar research ship, which will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic, will be able to endure up to 60 days in sea-ice to enable scientists to gather more observations and data. The ship will be the first British-built polar research vessel with a heli-deck to open up new locations for science and will be one of the most sophisticated floating research laboratories operating in the Polar Regions.

Russian Research Ship Readies for Float

'Yantar' Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

Research ship Yantar is the lead Project 22010 oceanographic vessel developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau. The ship was laid down on July 8, 2010 on the 65-th anniversary of Yantar Shipyard and named after it. The orderer was obtained from the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the contract, the ship is to be delivered in 2013. The hull of Yantar has been completely shaped; most of general-purpose equipment, rudder propellers, and lateral thrusters have been installed. Shipwrights continue the construction of the superstructure and fitting of internal equipment.

RRS Boaty McBoatface: Name Sought for New UK Polar Ship

Image: British Antarctic Survey

The public are being asked to name the UK’s new polar research ship. The current front-runner for the vessel's name is already gathering a lot of attention: RRS Boaty McBoatface. An open vote has been set up to name the next Royal Research Ship (RRS), with the public allowed to come up and vote for new names of the vessel. The £200m, 15,000-tonne, 128m-long vessel is being built at Cammell Laird on Merseyside, and is due to become operational in 2019 to explore the Arctic and Antarctic.

Taiwan Greets German Gas Hydrates Research Ship

R/V Sonne: Photo courtesy of Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Observation

The research ship 'Sonne' has arrived in Kaohsiung to help Taiwan scientists explore for gas hydrates off the country's SW coast. The research ship docked at the Port of Kaohsiung, where local experts led by National Taiwan University oceanography professor Saulwood Lin and researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Germany shared ideas on the potential energy source, reports Focus Taiwan. Interest in this new energy source comes at a time when Taiwan is debating its energy future…

Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship

Image: Cammell Laird

The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship. The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K., Spain, Norway, Singapore and South Korea. The winning project will secure jobs and apprenticeships and provide an economic boost to Merseyside, the shipbuilder noted. The shipyard is expected to cut steel in autumn 2016 and deliver the next generation polar research vessel ready for operation by 2019.

Halter Marine Builds New Navy Research Ship

Halter Marine, Inc. has been awarded a $53.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build a T-AGS 60 class oceanographic research ship. The vessel will be the sixth of its class, all designed, built or under construction at Halter. Delivery of the ship is planned for December 2001. The all-steel vessel will be 329 ft. and designed with a common bus diesel electric propulsion system consisting of twin screw propellers driven through Z-drives. Two 2,435 kW and two 1,825 kW diesel generators are integrated to provide power to the propulsion system, ship service and laboratories through a power conditioner.

New UK Polar Research Ship Construction Funded

Rendering of the new ship courtesy of BAS

The British Government has earmarked more than £200 million for a new UK polar flagship that will be ready for its first science mission in 2019, according to news from the British Antarctic Survey. Owned by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), and operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on behalf of the UK polar science community, this new state-of-the-art research ship will deliver the next generation of UK world-leading marine science in the Antarctic and the Arctic. “This an exciting time for UK polar science and I am delighted with this announcement.

Russian-buit Research Ship Antarctic Ready

Russian PM Tours Research Ship: Official photo

Research ship 'Akademik Tryoshnikov' built by Admiralty Shipyards will be employed in the service of Russian Antarctic stations. The Akademik Tryoshnikov is the first research vessel in the last 20 years built by the Admiralty Shipyards to order by Roshydromet. It will be used to resume annual maintenance of the Bellingshausen Station in the Russian Antarctic, and to reopen the Russkaya Station, which was closed in 1989. This station is the only location in the world where researchers can monitor various natural processes occurring across the space of several thousand kilometers.

Venezuelan Navy Compels Seismic Research Ship to Enter Port

The 285-ft U.S.-chartered oil exploration ship 'Teknik Perdana' seized by the Venezuelan navy in Caribbean waters disputed with neighbouring Guyana was escorted into port at Venezuela's Margarita Island on Sunday, reports AP. Quoting Venezuelan authorities, AP said the ship's 36 crew members, including five U.S. citizens and two Brazilians, would be held on board while an investigation continued. AP note that Adm. Angel Belisario Martinez told local station Union Radio that the research ship was conducting unauthorized scientific work in Venezuela's exclusive economic zone and the case had been turned over to prosecutors. Source: The Associated Press    

Rescue of Ice-Stranded Ships, Sea of Okhotsk

According to a Jan. 2 report from the ITAR-TASS News Agency, piloting operation of ice-stranded ships in the Sea of Okhotsk will start in the morning of January 4. Ice in the Sea of Okhotsk squeezed the Sodruzhestvo floating base, the research ship Professor Kizevetter and freezer trawler Bereg Nadezhdy. The icebreaker (Source: ITAR-TASS News Agency)

Chinese Research Ship's Nigerian Mission

Photo credit Xinhua

Chinese scientific research ship 'Dayang Yihao' starts research mission with Nigerian & Chinese scientists on board. More than 100 Chinese and Nigerian scientists and officials attended a ceremony at Apapa Harbour, Lagos, on the launching of the cooperative mission. This is the first time that marine scientists from China and Nigeria have worked together on sea research, said Tang Yong, the chief scientist of the ship's research team. Tang said the research will help Nigeria to find out more about the fishing conditions of its seas…

UK Ship Named for BBC Naturalist, but Boaty McBoatface Lives On

Rendering of the new polar research vessel to be built by Cammell Laird (Image: Cammell Laird)

A new 200 million pound ($290 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough but the government promised on Friday that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored. The naming of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) attracted huge interest after the Natural Environment Research Council encouraged Britons to come up with suggestions, leading to a stream of light-hearted ideas such as RRS Usain Boat, RRS I Like Big Boats&I Cannot Lie and RRS Watch Out For The Iceberg.

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship. The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be selected as the preferred bidder to build the new vessel for the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Bosses met Friday, November 19 to sign the contract, and detailed design work gets underway immediately.

Northern Fleet Adds Research Vessel

The newest research ship Amber was a part of the Northern Fleet

The latest oceanographic research vessel "Yantar" has arrived at the base of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Federation Council Vadim Serga. "The crew has completed the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the Kola Bay" - quoted by TASS Sergey. In May of this year, "Amber" was raised by St. Andrew's flag. This was followed by testing of the equipment and facilities the ship in the deep Atlantic. The technical capabilities of "Amber" will help raise hydrographic and research activities of the Northern Fleet in the oceans…

Research Ship Founders, Crew Saved

Research Ship 'Seaprobe': Photo credit MIT Museum

Coast Guard aircrews rescue 12 crewmembers from sinking 170-foot research ship 'Seaprobe' 141 miles south of Pensacola. The distress call from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) came from the research ship togehter with a report that they were taking on water and were unable to keep up with the flooding. The 12 crewmembers had abandoned ship and boarded three life rafts. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from ATC Mobile airlifted five crewmembers and another Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., launched and hoisted seven crewmembers.

British Antarctic Survey Chooses Invsat Networking

Invsat Ltd., the U.K.-based telecommunications systems integrator, has been awarded a prestigious contract to provide network communications for the British Antarctic Survey in one of the world’s most challenging environments. The VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network is connected via the NSS-7 satellite to Invsat’s earth station based at its Aberdeenshire HQ. Stabilized C-Band VSAT systems are being deployed on the two ice-strengthened Royal Research Ships that support the British Antarctic Survey's operations in the region. The two vessels are the RRS James Clark Ross, which has some of Britain's most advanced facilities for oceanographic research, and the RRS Ernest Shackleton which is primarily a logistics ship, used for the re-supply of the Survey's stations.

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc. New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S. flag research and survey vessel. The 170' loa x 36' beam x 15' depth / 12.76' draft New Horizon was specially built as a dedicated oceanographic research ship for Scripps, whose research vessels and research platform make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world.

Keel-laying for R/V Sikuliaq

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marinette Marine Corporation held a keel-laying ceremony in April for the R/V Sikuliaq at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis. The 261-ft oceanographic research ship, formerly known as the Alaska Region Research Vessel, will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by UAF. The launch of the ship is scheduled for mid-2012 and the ship will be ready for full science operations in 2014. The Sikuliaq will be headquartered at the UAF Seward Marine Center in Seward, Alaska.

China Prepares for 7.000-meter Manned Submersible Dive

"Xiangyanghong 09":Photo credit China SOA

China's manned submersible Jiaolong, which reached 5,188 meters below the sea during its deepest dive in the Pacific Ocean this year, is on its way to attempt a 7,000-meter dive in the Marianas Trench, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). China's intention is to develop deep-sea technologies and equipment, including comprehensive research ships, mothership of manned undersea grafts, and deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicles, according to Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

Cory Plans for the Coldest Journey

SA Aghulas

Logistics expert Cory Brothers will be ensuring the start of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ trans-Antarctic expedition gets underway without hitch by lending its agency and logistic services while the research ship, SA Aghulas is berthed on the Thames. The expedition, named The Coldest Journey, will be the first time anyone has attempted to cross the Antarctic during winter and will see Sir Ranulph and his team collect research and data on a journey spanning 20,000 miles over a six-month period in temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius.

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the Philippines. Obama said the two vessels – a Hamilton-Class Coast Guard Cutter and research ship – are part of the U.S. effort to increase maritime security assistance to its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, where tensions with China have heated up over recent years.

3PSC Awarded Contract

Hayes and USNS Waters, which are public vessels of the U.S. government under the administrative control of the commander, Military Sealift Command. Systems Programs. contract to $31,445,473. is to be completed in November 2005. at the end of the current fiscal year. competitively procured, with eight offers received. The U.S. contracting activity.

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