Dakota Creek Shipyard Splashes the RV Neil Armstrong

Dakota Creek Industries held, on Feb 22nd, a launching ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s first of two Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research Vessels (AGORs) the R/V Neil Armstrong.

R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) is a modern mono-hull research vessel based on a commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas. Designed by the Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), the vessel is 72.5 m (238 feet) long, has a beam of 15.24 m (50 feet) and draft of 4.6 m (15 feet).

The vessel is equipped with diesel electric propulsion which is provided by four diesel generators producing 1044 kW each. Some of the high-tech features include: acoustic navigation and tracking systems that operate at various depths; a specially designed hull that diverts bubbles from the sonar area; a centralized freshwater cooling system to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and dual-controllable propellers with variable speed motors for increased efficiency.

With the displacement of 3043 long tons (full load), the vessel has a range of 11,500 nm over 40 days and has the ability to sail at a sustained speed of 12 knots with 20 berths allotted for crew members and 24 for scientists.

Both AGOR ships will be managed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Massachusetts) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego).

Background

The detail design and construction of AGOR 27 was competitively awarded to Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., on October 14, 2011, whereas the option for the construction of AGOR 28 (R/V Sally Ride) was exercised on February 3, 2012. Delivery of AGOR 27 is scheduled for late 2014 and AGOR 28 for early 2015.

 

SBT Staff, February 28, 2014

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

Posted on February 28, 2014

In Depth>

Events>

<< Feb 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 1 2 3 4 5

9th Annual Coasts and Marine Structures 2017 Conference

Discover Best Practise Strategies for Design, Planning, Construction and Asset Management

To remain competitive, Australian port operators must plan, design, manage and maintain their assets more creatively and proactively to meet future demands and drive profitability.

With this in mind, the Coast and Marine Structures Summit 2017 will focus on key considerations relevant to ensuring your existing assets are maximised and prepared to accommodate bigger vessels.

Hear from 20+ global experts including Maritime/Coastal Engineers, Contractors, Port Authorities and more, including GHD (USA), Indonesian Port Corporation (Asia), G-Group Consulting (New Zealand), Ausenco (Australia), Port Authority NSW (Australia), to name a few.

By attending this 2-day conference, you’ll learn about:

– Innovative planning and design of ports to create efficiencies that drive profit
– Best practice asset management strategies and new PIANC design principles for bulk terminals
– Proactive asset management and maintenance to improve durability and maximise and extend asset lifecycles
– Alternative material and protection techniques trialled and tested in the US and Europe
– Strategies to shift organisational culture and mindset from asset management to asset maintenance
– How you can leverage technology to increase the efficiency of your marine structures
– Case studies on retrofitting, expanding and upgrading your ports in cost-effective ways

More info

read more >

European Shipping Week 2017

European Shipping Week is intended to be a platform where policy-makers from the main EU institutions will meet and engage with European…

read more >

SNS2017 – The Southern North Sea Conference & Exhibition

EEEGR’s flagship Southern North Sea conference is the most important event for the energy sector in the East of England…

read more >

Seatrade Cruise Global

For more than 30 years, Seatrade Cruise Global has been the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry…

read more >