(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Brix Marine has unveiled its latest addition to the LabCat portfolio, the 3011-CTC research vessel custom-built for Pacific Whale Foundation in Wailuku, Hawaii.
The vessel, Kaiao, marks a significant milestone in pursuing marine research, conservation and education, while aligning with Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission to protect and preserve vulnerable species of whales, dolphins, turtles and coral reefs in Hawaiian waters.
Founded in 1980 and based in Maui, Hawaii, the Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-governmental organization that has been at the forefront of whale research and public education, striving to safeguard the marine environment and prevent the destruction of Humpback whale populations and other aquatic species in the region.
With an overall length of 30 feet and a beam of 11 feet, Kaiao features an aluminum hull that ensures both durability and environmental consciousness throughout its lifespan.
Powered by two Suzuki outboard engines, the vessel is equipped with a Garmin radar system, viewing platform, a drone launching/landing platform, and a bow pulpit.
“The vessel handles well and I love the boat. Now having 200 hours on it, I can confidently say that it’s custom-built to fit our needs, and it has worked out incredibly well, making research a lot easier,” said Jens Currie, captain and chief scientist.
Kaiao can accommodate up to eight crewmembers. The vessel’s spacious design and advanced equipment will allow the foundation team to conduct in-depth studies and educational programs, furthering their mission to protect and conserve marine life.
The Pacific Whale Foundation will use Kaiao for marine research, wildlife observation, educational tours and conservation efforts, amplifying its efforts to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem in Hawaii.
– Brix Marine