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An innovative research vessel is being built for the University of Hawai?i at M?noa and the University of Hawai?i Foundation (UHF) on behalf of the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) to allow them to access and study marine environments in the Hawaiian Islands. The unique design of the vessel will be fundamental to meeting the University of Hawai’i’s research goals and according to the researchers, the knowledge gained from the science missions on this vessel will directly support the management and conservation of Hawai?i’s marine resources.

Construction is already underway at the All American Marine shipyard in Bellingham Bay, Washington.

The vessel, which will measure 68.5 feet by 25 feet, features a semi-displacement aluminum catamaran hull that was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The new research vessel integrates the signature Teknicraft Design symmetrical and asymmetrical combined hull shape, bow wave piercer, and a patented hydrofoil-assisted hull design. The hull and hull components

The propulsion package

Includes two fixed pitch propellers, powered by twin Scania DI16, 082M, Tier 3 engines, rated at 800 mhp @ 2100 RPM. AAM says that this design will provide excellent fuel economy while also maintaining an estimated fully laden cruise speed of 22-24 knots and with a fuel-efficient minimum survey speed of 3 knots. With a large fuel capacity of 1800 gallons, this design will support a science team of 8 on offshore missions and 22 students/crew on shorter day excursions.

Onboard the vessel

Scientists and crew have comfortable live-aboard quarters, large state-of-the-art wet and dry lab spaces, as well as a range of the latest oceanographic equipment in which to conduct a variety of missions. The vessel has been custom designed to support a diverse portfolio of science and outreach missions including advanced studies on marine megafauna, pelagic and coastal ecosystem research, oceanographic surveys, and K–12 learning experiences for up to 20 people.

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“We are incredibly excited to be able to have a custom-built vessel for our environmentally driven research missions in and around the Hawaiian Islands,” said Carl Meyer, Ph.D., Fellow of the Institute of Biology (UK) and University of Hawai’i Researcher. “All American Marine understood our mission and provided a new design to meet our mission-specific needs. We are excited about the positive impacts this vessel will have for us, including a substantial increase in the abilities of our programs.”

The vessel is being constructed to US Coast Guard standards for service in waters where the range to the refuge is 150 nautical miles or less.

It will operate as a multipurpose research vessel in the Hawaiian Waters and Offshore on Ocean Routes for a crew of up to 12.

The vessel is expected to will expand the University of Hawai?i’s environmentally focused research activities and will aid them with their conservation efforts in the Pacific. The institute sponsors a diverse portfolio of science and outreach missions including advanced studies on marine megafauna, pelagic and coastal ecosystem research, oceanographic surveys, and K through 12 learning experiences.

MSC’s new giant boxship was floated out by its Chinese shipbuilders as the carrier continues its rapid expansion. Despite the current slowing in volumes and rapid decline in freight rates, MSC is continuing its build-out of its fleet at a record pace. Already the largest containership operator, the carrier has orders equaling 40 percent of its current capacity and continues to buy secondhand vessels.

The 233,000 dwt MSC Celestino Maresca was floated out from the dry dock at China’s Hudong Zhonghua on October 11. She is the second of a class of four giant containerships, which will be the world’s largest by capacity being built by the shipyard for MSC. The line has four similar ships also on order from China’s Jiangnan Shipyard. The vessels are due for delivery starting at the end of 2022 and in 2023.

incorporated multiple features into the design of the vessels to enhance operating efficiency and reduce emissions

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They have a small bulbous bow, large diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts. The first of MSC’s vessels, the MSC Tessa, is also the first newly built ship for the line and the shipyard to employ an air lubrication system for the hull which they estimate will reduce fuel consumption by three to four percent. The design also used a shaft generator system to reduce fuel consumption and optimize the vessel’s EEDI energy efficiency rating. They are also outfitted with a hybrid scrubber unit.