Build starts on Alaskan Research Ship

By Keith Henderson at May 05, 2011 08:54
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Last month the keel laying ceremony for the Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV) R/V Sikuliaq, took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The LOA is 261.5ft, maximum beam 52.0ft, draft is 19.5ft and loaded displacement is 4,065 long tons. She has a maximum speed of 14 kn in calm water. Several challenges had to be overcome in the design of the propulsion system for this research ship. Two Siemens main propulsion motors drive each pod. Electric power on board is supplied by two MTU 16V4000 plus two MTU 12V4000 gensets. Completion date for the vessel is April 2013. [More]

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