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High Latitude Research Vessel

WHOI Marine Operations

Ice Capable Research Vessel* Programmatics           back to top

  • NSF is funding design. $ 274K ’00 Concept Design
  • ~$1,000K ’01 Preliminary & Contract Design including tow-tank tests
  • WHOI is teamed with the University of Alaska/Fairbanks.
  • WHOI team (Pittenger, Coburn, Dinsmore, Wiebe).
  • Concept Design final report due early May and will be aired in an open meeting to be arranged at WHOI by Marine Ops.
  • Contract design to be finished by 1 Jan ’03.
  • Construction funds TBD but probably NSF FY’03 for first ship to be delivered in about ‘07. Estimated cost per vessel $55M.
  • * Note: This ship is also known as Alaskan Region Research Vessel (ARRV) and High Latitude Research Vessel (HLRV).

General Characteristics (Tentative – from Concept Design)           back to top

  • Ice Class: ABS Class A1, CASPPR (Canadian Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations) and SOLAS Certified
  • Speed: maximum 14 kts., cruising 12 kts.
  • Endurance: 45 days, 60 days hotel, ~ 25% full power.
  • Science Party: 24
  • Working Deck: 2500 - 3000 sq. ft.
  • Labs: 2500 - 3000 sq. ft.
  • Dynamic Positioning System
  • Science payload 100 long tons; science storage 10,000 cu. ft.

Ship Parameters (Tentative – from Concept Design)           back to top

  • Length: 210 – 220 ft.
  • Beam: 43 – 47 ft.
  • Draft: 18 – 19 ft.
  • Horsepower: 5000
  • Working Deck Height: 9 – 10 ft.
  • Cranes, Winches, Heave Compensation: Modern and Sufficient
  • Lab Outfitting: clean room, fume hoods, science information system and computers, ADCP, multibeam sonar, clean power, LP air, clean saltwater, coverable stern trawl ramp, sonar “mast”, etc.

Additional Documents
General Arrangement
Stateroom diagram
Sway characteristics
.XLS Comparison of design with science mission requirements [Excel spreadsheet]


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