Thursday, October 28, 2021

Surface Vehicles News

Tugs guide the Department of the Navy's Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) from her berth at the Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Eye on the Navy: Navy extends Life for Research Ships, but Says Farewell to FLIP

SIO) entered service in 2015 and 2016 respectively, as well as R/V Kilo Moana, which was delivered to the Navy in 2003 and is operated by the University of Hawai‘i Marine Center.In addition to the six Navy-owned oceanographic research vessels,  Sparrock manages the historic deep-submersible vehicle ALVIN; and the Floating Instrument Platform, or FLIP, which are charter-leased to U.S. academic research institutions to operate and maintain in support of Navy and U.S. ocean research objectives.First entering service in 1964, deep diving ALVIN may seem old.  But Sparrock said ALVIN has been

(Photo: All American Marine)

AAM Launches 50’ Research Vessel for NOAA

Boatbuilder All American Marine (AAM) said it has launched a new 50-foot research vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), designated for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Washington State.The twin-engine Teknicraft Design vessel was constructed by AAM to USCG Subchapter T standards. It will carry up to 18 personnel on board on a near coastal route. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary OCNMS) includes 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline. The sanctuary extends 25 to 50 miles seaward, covering much of the continental

An artist's rendering of R/V Narragansett Dawn. (Courtesy Glosten Associates)

URI Unveils Name of New Research Vessel

The National Science Foundation’s new Regional Class Research Vessel that will soon call the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus home has a name: Narragansett Dawn.Graduate School of Oceanography Dean Paula S. Bontempi announced the name of the new $125 million vessel after a nationwide competition and approval from the NSF.“Narragansett Dawn acknowledges the Indigenous peoples’ histories, ancestors, and perseverance in our communities today,” said URI President David M. Dooley. “It honors their stewardship of the land, sea and resources that they

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KIGAM Orders New Research Vessel

South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co will build a new research vessel for Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).The ULSTEIN SX134 design vessel will be 92 meters long and 21 meters wide and fulfil the general demands of the seismic and oceanographic research industry for operations of seismic streamer cables, seismic bottom nodes, seismic high-resolution seafloor mapping, seafloor survey and sediment sampling.The vessel has been designed to include a variety of installed equipment, such as a 3D/4D seismic eight-streamer system, high resolution

Photo courtesy Glosten © 2021 MBARI

Glosten to Design, Freire Shipyard to Build MBARI's New Research Vessel

ocean’s geological, ecological, and biogeochemical processes. The new research ship will enable continued exploration of the deep sea, from the midnight zone — the inky depths below 1,000 meters (about 3,300 feet) — to the abyssal plain, with MBARI’s deep-diving remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts. As the command center for the ROV Doc Ricketts, the David Packard will allow researchers to continue exploring the deepest reaches of the Monterey Canyon and beyond.MBARI founder—and namesake for MBARI’s new research vessel—David Packard standing with the ROV

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