R/V Sikuliaq: Advanced Arctic Research Vessel

Written by on August 15, 2012 in Technology

The Research Vessel Sikuliaq is replacing the 40+ year old Alpha Helix, now retired and owned by the National Science Foundation, as an ice-capable arctic research vessel.

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.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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