Siemens selected for Second National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessel operated by the University of Rhode Island

Monday, November 26, 2018 12:14 pm EST



Siemens has been selected as the propulsion and control single source vendor (SSV) by Houma, Louisiana-based Gulf Islands Shipyard for the construction of a second Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO).


Owned by NSF, the yet unnamed RCRV will be the second of three regional class research vessels of the Taani Class.  Scheduled for completion in late 2021, RCRV #2 will call URI-GSO Narragansett Bay Campus its home port. The vessel will be part of the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium (ECOC), whose members include URI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and University of New Hampshire (UNH) School of Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering, along with 13 associate members.


Siemens is the technology partner for the recently announced NSF funded RCRVs to be operated by Oregon State University (OSU), and URI-GSO as well as two US NAVY owned Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels currently commissioned, the RV Neil Armstrong, operated by WHOI and the RV Sally Ride, operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).


Once active, RCRV #2 will provide cutting edge technology to help researchers, educators, students and the public gain a better understanding of ocean ecosystems, and will offer new opportunities for research, education and outreach in ocean science and exploration.


The new vessel will feature Siemens Blue Drive PLUSC™ Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) system, a unique diesel-electric solution that increases safety, cuts operational costs, improves lifecycle economics and decreases the environment footprint.  Reducing noise and vibration on the water during research activities is critical, and the Blue Drive PLUSC is capable of varying engine speed with load to optimize operations.


As the propulsion and control SSV, Siemens is providing an integrated power and energy system (IPES) scope that includes the propulsion thrusters, engines and Dynamic Positioning System (DPS), as well as Siemens motors, remote diagnostic system, diesel generator sets, switchboards and power distribution, alarm and monitoring system, on-board sensors and condition-based monitoring.  In addition, Siemens will provide the project management, engineering studies, propulsion system integration and engineering services to support commissioning up to sea trials and delivery.


The new ship will be 199 feet long and 41 feet wide and will feature science labs, workspace, state-of-the-art technologies, and comfortable berthing. The ship will be able to cruise at 11.5 knots for up to 21 days. It will also include a DPS that enables ships to remain in one exact spot for long periods and will allow operation of remote operated vehicles. The ship will carry a crew of 13 and up to 16 scientists and have a cruising range of 5,400 nautical miles. RCRVs conduct operations in the coastal ocean ranging from near-shore environments to the outer continental rise, as well as the open ocean. The vessel’s endurance, draft, ice classification and science mission equipment are tailored for essential science throughout the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas.


“Our continued success in developing solutions for the marine research community demonstrates the innovation and proven technology behind the Siemens portfolio,” says David Grucza, Director of Siemens Drilling and Marine, U.S.  “This, combined with industry trends that include changing regulations, meeting stringent emissions requirements and the need to reduce fuel consumption, maintenance and operational costs, makes Siemens the SSV of choice for ship builders, naval architects and owner/operators.” 


Siemens has been in the marine business dating back to 1847, when Siemens purchased the Faraday, a specially-designed ship designed to lay cables across the Atlantic Ocean between England and America.  Siemens installed a generator and bright arc lamp on-board the vessel in 1877, the first case of electricity on a ship, allowing the crew to work during the night.  Later, in 1886, Siemens founder, Werner von Siemens built the world’s first electrically-powered ship, the Elektra.  Today, Siemens continues to bring ingenuity to life in the marine industry through vessel like the F/V Blue North and the world’s first all-electric ferry, the MV Ampere.


Siemens has been selected as the propulsion and control single source vendor (SSV) by Houma, Louisiana-based Gulf Islands Shipyard in the construction of a second Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the University of Rhode Island.  Rendering: Glosten Associates.


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