July 28, 2020
All American sailors (AAM) won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contract to build a 50-foot aluminum research catamaran for the National Marine Sanctuary on the Olympic Coast.
The twin engine Engineering design the vessel will be built by the AAM in accordance with USCG Subchapter T standards. The boat will carry up to 18 people on board on a nearby coastal route. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) comprises 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged coast of the Olympic Peninsula. The sanctuary stretches 25 to 50 miles out to sea, covering much of the continental shelf and several large submarine canyons.
The hull for the semi-displacement catamaran on this vessel was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The design incorporates a Teknicraft hull shape and is complemented by Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave piercer that is positioned between the catamaran’s floats to break up the wave action and ensure reduced drag while conducting seagoing missions. research in and around the Olympic Peninsula region.
For the operator, one of the vessel’s most valuable features is the excellent fuel economy. Powered by a twin Cummins QSC8.3 twin-propeller engines, the custom boat will be a valuable asset for NOAA’s specific mission. The ship will host various research missions and visiting scientists focusing on seabed mapping, habitat characterization, data collection and monitoring the health of ocean species and marine life.
“All American Marine worked diligently with Teknicraft to design a flexible platform that could be quickly and easily reconfigured to suit the mission at hand. This feature was essential for NOAA’s research purposes, ”said Ron Wille, director of business development for All American Marine, in a statement announcing the contract.
On board the ship there is approximately 250 square feet of working space on the aft deck, with full work equipment and an extensive deck outlet grid. The deck bushings are two feet apart and allow attaching, moving or removing equipment and equipment from the working deck. There is a fly bridge with a bimini top on the upper deck, allowing vessel operations from a higher altitude while conducting search missions. The upper deck also has a Interocean wire rope winch, hauling winch and a Morgan300.4 crane. The main deck has an adjustable A-frame for launching science equipment.
Additional features of the research vessel include both a wet lab for specimen examination and a dry lab for data processing. On board the main deck of the ship is a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable dinette with sofa / bunk, kitchenette and wet head. NOAA plans to exercise all options to be included in the ship, including an upgrade to the working deck equipment, a removable universal sonar mount where additional science equipment can be placed, and an HVAC upgrade. .
“A larger, more stable vessel will not only increase the potential of OCNMS operations, but also make it a more viable asset for our partners,” said Kevin Grant, Deputy Superintendent of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. “This new vessel will help the sanctuary provide scientific solutions that respond to changing environmental pressures on our ocean and coasts. “
AAM has a proven track record and has built a number of very successful previous ships for NOAA, such as the R / V Penguin, R / V puffin, R / V Fulmar and R / V Manta and Peter Gladding, in addition to numerous launches of 30 ‘polls.