Unveiling The State-Of-The-Art Polar Research Vessel, Sikuliaq
The National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) successfully launched the R/V Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-ack), a "next-generation" global class research vessel. MMC is the Wisconsin shipyard that built the ship with funding provided by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the ship as part of the U.S. academic research fleet. Sikuliaq will allow researchers to work in ice-covered waters not previously accessible on a routine basis, and play an essential role in our understanding of the Arctic Ocean system and how it is changing over time.
Provided by the National Science Foundation