The following is the text of a news release from Jensen Naval Architects & Marine Engineers:
(SEATTLE) — Jensen has designed an aluminum catamaran research vessel, currently out for bid, for King County Environmental Lab located in Seattle, Wash. The vessel will operate in Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the adjoining inland waterways around Washington state.
The vessel is designed for water quality, phytoplankton and zooplankton monitoring, sediment sampling, conductivity-temperature-density (CTD) deployment, sonar scanning, marine buoy calibration, maintenance deployment and retrieval, anchor deployment and retrieval, tours and shoreline surveys, and dive and remote operated vessel (ROV) operations. It will also provide a platform for special studies such as eelgrass, current meters and bathymetry.
The new vessel will be up to 48 feet by 18 feet, with a speed of 29 knots. Special features include A-frame design and visibility from the pilot station through aft deck.