Kvichak to build Calif. research catamaran


The following is the text of a news release from Kvichak Marine Industries:

(SEATTLE) — Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60-foot aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water Resources designed by Incat Crowther, Australia, with design guidance and customer representation by Jensen Maritime Consultants. The vessel’s primary application will be monitoring water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthic macro-invertebrates. The vessel will be operating in the San Francisco Bay estuary, San Pablo Bay estuary and the Pacific Ocean within five miles of shore and the adjoining inland waterways.   

The research vessel will be powered by twin Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engines rated for 425 hp at 2,800 rpm and fitted to Twin Disc MGX5065 marine gears. The pilothouse laboratory has a full complement of scientific water monitoring equipment along with overnight accommodations for five scientists.

Delivery is scheduled for early 2016.

Additional vessel features include:
LOA: 60 feet (18.3 meters)
Waterline length: 56 feet (17.1 meters)
Beam: 24 feet (7.3 meters)
Generators: (2) Onan 13.5 kW
Fuel capacity: 2 x 450 gallon (1,700l)
Fresh water capacity: 2 x 125 gal (470 liters)
Cranes: (2) Morgan 200.2 on aft deck
Crane: (1) Morgan 200.2 on upper deck
Furuno electronics package
FLIR M-324XP thermal imaging
Laboratory area
A/C and reverse cycle heating

By Professional Mariner Staff