At 261 feet long, the ship will be strong enough to operate in seasonal ice for longer periods of time than its predecessor, in the North Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. It will host up to 26 scientists and students at a time, and, as one of the most advanced university research vessels, will have the capability to facilitate real-time virtual participation from students in classrooms back on land. It will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The launch ceremony for the R/V Sikuliaq will be held on Saturday, October 13, in Marinette, Wisconsin.
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