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Tough & Smart New research vessels take on coastal challenges, extreme conditions

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threat of tsunamis, notes Marinelli. OSU placed the order for construction and outfitting of the first vessel with Gulf Island Shipyards LLC, Houma, LA, July 2017. Under its contract, OSU has the option to order two additional Regional Class Research vessels (RCRV) to give a boost to the nation’s aging academic research fleet. A year later, OSU has exercised that option, following a recent award of $88 million from NSF, ordering the second vessel from Gulf Island just as physical construction began on the first. “Our shipyard team and the OSU team have been working very closely since the first vessel contract award back in July of last year and we look forward to continuing these efforts with the second vessel,” said Kirk

Meche, President & CEO of Gulf Island. The RCRVs w ill be between 190 to 200 ft, with a range of more than 7,000 nautical miles; the ability to stay out at sea for 21 days before returning to port for fuel and supplies; and a cruising speed of 11 knots with a maximum speed of 13 knots. The vessels also include a number of green features, among them, LED lighting, variable speed power generation, waste heat recovery and an optimized hull form. The RSRVs will be ABS Ice-Class C0 and DPS-1, Green Marine-Certified, acoustically quiet and carry up to 29 crew and scientists per vessel. “This class of ships will enable researchers to work much more safely and efficiently at sea because of better handling and stability,

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hen the National Science Foundation awarded Oregon State Universit y (OSU) a grant of $121.88 million last year, the largest grant in the university’s history, it kick-started the introduction of a new class of oceanographic research ships for the United States. The new ships, says Roberta Marinelli, Dean of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, “are essential to support near-shore research as the United States and other countries face unprecedented challenges to their coastal waters.” Part of those coastal challenges include: ocean acidification, rising sea levels, lowoxygen water, sustainable fisheries and the

Compiled by Marine Log Staff

Marine Log July 2018  
Marine Log July 2018