Arcticus joins U.S. fleet of Great Lakes research vessels

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The following is the text of a news release from JMS Naval Architects:

(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — The oceanographic research and fisheries assessment vessel Arcticus, designed by JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn., completed sea trials and was delivered to the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center on Oct. 17.

Arcticus replaces the R/V Grayling and becomes the newest member of a five-vessel fleet owned and operated by the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. JMS completed the concept and contract design and provided all technical representation at the shipyard during construction.The vessel was constructed at Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wis.

The 78-foot Arcticus is a state-of-the-art steel monohull research vessel capable of oceanographic research and fisheries assessment on the Great Lakes. The vessel is based at the Cheboygan Vessel Base. It is designed to conduct lakewide bottom trawl surveys, acoustic surveys, gill net surveys and a variety of over-the-side science operations. It will operate year-round across three state boundaries, Canadian waters, and treaty waters of Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior.

Propulsion is provided by twin Caterpillar 454 BHP C12 C-Rating Tier II diesel engines and a bow thruster for increased maneuverability and station-keeping. The design includes a wet lab, dry lab, retractable transducers, ample working deck areas, large pilothouse with excellent visibility, and comfortable accommodations and working areas for a three-man crew and six scientists.

Click here to view a Burger Boat video of Arcticus underway.

By Professional Mariner Staff