JMS Selected to Design Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Concept design for the vessel

JMS Naval Architects ( of Mystic, CT was competitively awarded a contract from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science ( to provide concept through contract-level design, shipyard bid support, and owner’s rep services for VIMS’ next research vessel.
The VIMS research vessel will be used for scientific research in the main stem and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, and capable of conducting extended science missions in coastal and offshore areas within the Mid-Atlantic region.
The JMS Coastal Research Vessel Series concept-model provides a multi-purpose, efficient and cost-effective platform from which scientists and educators can study coastal oceanic phenomena and explore physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes. The design offers flexibility in science outfitting allowing for high utilization and affordable operating day rates. The vessel will be able to easily adapt to evolving scientific research areas such as environmental impact studies, offshore oil & gas exploration surveys, wind energy development surveys, and maintenance of ocean observing systems.
The 80 foot VIMS vessel will be designed for multi-disciplinary coastal-science studies including fish and invertebrate sampling; bottom geological and benthic coring; deployment and retrieval of data buoys; heavy mooring, seismic and bathymetry surveys; mid-water and trawls; CTD and other vertical water-sampling deployments. The hull, propulsion and machinery systems will be designed for quiet operation for acoustic survey work and be equipped with state of-the-art technology with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
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About JMS Naval Architects:
JMS recently completed the contract design of the R/V ARCTICUS for the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center. The R/V ARCTICUS is another example of the JMS Coastal Research Vessel Series design and is currently under construction at Burger Boats in Manitowoc, WI.

JMS has extensive experience related to research vessel design and operation and is a recognized expert on the subject. Customers include the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of São Paulo, and other major oceanographic institutions.
JMS Naval Architects is a specialty maritime engineering firm providing naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying, and marine casualty response services to assist ship owners in the management of their fleet. With a unique combination of high-end analytical engineering expertise and practical deck plate experience, JMS delivers innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex problems.
For more information:
Rick Fernandes
860.536.0009 ext 16
About the Virginia Institute of Marine Science:
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world.
For more information:
David Malmquist
(804) 684-7011

By Professional Mariner Staff