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Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV)
Currently Under Construction At Marinette Marine Corporation, A Shipyard In Marinette, Wisconsin, The ARRV Will Be Ready For Unrestricted Science Operations In 2014.
For all requests regarding shipyard selection, equipment supply, the RFI, and the RFP, contact Contracting Officer John Hebard at University of Alaska Fairbanks Procurement & Contract Services 103 Administrative Services Building, P.O. Box 757940, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7940 or (907) 474-6831 or Fax: (907) 474-7720 or john.hebard@uaf.edu
Planned to replace the Alpha Helix, the Alaska Region Research Vessel will be a 254-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. When complete, the vessel will be one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world and will be able to break ice up to 2.5 feet thick. The vessel will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as part of the U.S. academic research fleet. It will be used by scientists in the U.S. and international oceanographic community through the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. The need for this vessel was first expressed by marine scientists in the U.S. in 1973. After 36 years of development and the consideration of multiple vessel designs, construction began on the ship in December 2009. The vessel was designed by The Glosten Associates, a marine architecture and engineering firm in Seattle, in 2004. The ARRV will allow researchers to collect sediment samples directly from the seafloor, host remotely operated vehicles, use a flexible suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment, and conduct surveys throughout the water column and sea bottom using an extensive set of research instrumentation. The ship will also be able to transmit real-time information directly to classrooms all over the world. The vessel design strives to have the lowest possible environmental impact, including a low underwater radiated noise signature for marine mammal and fisheries work.
Terry Whitledge
Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks
234 Irving II, P.O. Box 757220, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220, USA
Ship TypeResearch Vessel
Operating AreaNorth Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas
Endurance45 days (60 days hotel only)
Crusing Speed14.2 knots
Lab Space2250 ft²
Power Availability5750 bhp
Berthing Space26
Deck Space4550 ft²
Telemetry Available
29 Mar 2010 14:38