Marinette Marine Corporation, Fincantieri’s American subsidiary, has announced a new order build an oceanographic research vessel capable of working in icy arctic waters (ARRV – Alaska Region Research Vessel –) for the University of Fairbanks, Alaska. The vessel, which will be built at Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, is worth over $120 million. Work will begin in the last quarter of 2010 for delivery in 2013. Acording to the announcement, “Designed by The Glosten Associates, a marine architecture firm in Seattle, the new research vessel will be one of the most advanced in the world. Capable of breaking up ice up to 80 cm thick, the ship will work in the icy Arctic seas, the Bering Strait and the Gulf of Alaska. The ship will be equipped with a suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment and remotely operated vehicles to enable researchers to collect sediment samples from the sea floor. In addition, the instrumentation on board will make it possible to transmit information in real-time to research facilities throughout the world. The 77-meter long ship will provide accommodation for 26 scientists and students, including those with disabilities and will be built to have the lowest possible environmental impact and reduced underwater-radiated noise for research on fish and marine mammals.The vessel will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Fairbanks as part of the U.S. academic research fleet. It will be available to the international oceanographic community through the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. Designed to study the modalities and consequences of climate change in the Arctic, the new ship will also be used to study the marine ecosystem in some of the most productive fishing areas of the United States which are situated in the Arctic region.”
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.