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Carrying the

TECH LOAD Compiled by Marine Log Staff

The integral role deck machinery plays in the advancement of research and technology at sea

Photo: Oreon State University/Glosten


eck machinery, from Stern A- F r a m e s t o w i n c h e s , i s essential to the success of research vessels worldwide. Back in 2015, Allied Marine Crane, designed and equipped two cranes, an A-frame, one davit, two handling systems and two hydraulic power units for two Neil Armstrong Class research vessels built for the U.S. Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego—the R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Sally Ride, respectively. Both ships were designed by Guido Perla Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA, and built by Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA. The need for over-the-side and onboard handling gear is vital to deploying and retrieving equipment, scientific instruments and tools to make research possible. Oregon State University’s new Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) will be a

state-of-the-art multi-mission ship that will be able to conduct research in any ocean and “in areas from shallow coastal bays and estuaries to and beyond the continental shelf and slope.” The regional class vessel, currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC, Houma, LA, will be ABS Ice-Class C0 and DPS-1, Green-Marine Certified, acoustically quiet, and carry up to 29 crew and scientists. Funded by a $121.88 million grant from the National Science Foundation—the largest grant in the University’s history— the vessel will be equipped with EPA Tier IV Caterpillar C32 main generators and Schottel thrusters. If OSU opts for an additional two vessels, the grant total could increase to nearly as much as $365 million. At the time of the contract announcement, OSU President Edward J. Ray said: “Oregon State University is extremely proud to lead this effort to create the next generation of regional ocean-going research vessels

funded by NSF. Our exceptional marine science programs are uniquely positioned to advance knowledge of the oceans to seek solutions to the threats facing healthy coastal communities—and more broadly, global ecological well-being—through their teaching and research.” Tapped to help bring the vessel’s research capabilities up a notch is Rapp Marine— who has previously supplied electric deck machinery for oceanographic research to UNOLS’ (University National Oceanographic Laboratory System) Global Class vessel R/V Sikuliaq operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks; electric drive winches to five NOAA Fishery Research vessels, including the latest, R/V Reuben Lasker; and machinery to a number of research vessels operating internationally. Rapp says that under the contract with Gulf Island Shipyards it will provide an overboard handling system that will be comprised of an oceanographic winch November 2017 // Marine Log 43

Marine Log November 2017