Glosten chosen to design new Purple Sea analysis vessel

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Changing the prevailing RV Thuwal, the brand new analysis vessel will carry superior analysis capabilities for work in each shallow reef and deep water environments. [Image: Glosten]

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah College of Science and Know-how (KAUST) has chosen Seattle-headquartered naval structure agency Glosten to design a state-of-the-art oceanographic analysis vessel (RV).

Changing the prevailing RV Thuwal, the brand new RV will carry superior analysis capabilities for work in each shallow reef and deep water environments. It’s going to characteristic a reconfigurable deck for multipurpose jobs and gear and can have weather-hardy traits for managing the distinctive situations of the Purple Sea.

The close to 22-year-old RV Thuwal, initially designed as a fishing vessel for navigating the coastal waters of Australia, has served KAUST scientists for as many as 220 days at sea per yr since 2013. Nonetheless, the retrofitted 34.7-meter lengthy vessel is restricted within the duties and sea situations it will possibly handle. As KAUST expands its analysis ambitions for finding out the Purple Sea, it requires a strong vessel with optimum functionalit/

The brand new Glosten-designed ship will carry elevated stability and reliability for working year-round within the Purple Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, and areas with related tropical waters and weather conditions. Customized options will meet a broad vary of oceanographic missions, together with seawater, sediment, and organic sampling to the complete depth of the Purple Sea, roughly 3,000 meters.


At 50 meters lengthy, the vessel might be considerably bigger than the Thuwal and supply a better vary of operational capabilities. The deck might be designed to deploy heavy gear and complex instrumentation for a number of disciplines, together with geoscience, bioscience, marine science, and oceanographic analysis pursuits.

The RV might be outfitted with a sophisticated positioning system to allow deployment of long-duration distant and autonomous automobiles in addition to geoscience sampling methods.

The mixed options will place KAUST to make new discoveries that may improve investigations and collaborations, and evolve data about this younger ocean that may, in flip, higher assist the dominion and its environmental and financial initiatives, together with the NEOM, Amaala, and Purple Sea giga-projects.

The ship would be the solely superior marine vessel of its type uniquely constructed for and devoted to conducting analysis within the Purple Sea and run by scientists and crew with experience particular to this physique of water.

“KAUST is a serious hub for marine analysis within the Purple Sea, and we’re increasing our actions to higher combine with the dominion’s rising pursuits,” stated Kaust vp for analysis and distinguished professor, Dr. Donal Bradley. “Our funding in a world-class analysis vessel underscores a dedication to completely assist our companions right here in Saudi Arabia and around the globe, and provides KAUST school, researchers, and college students unequalled infrastructure to pursue their thrilling analysis plans.”

Glosten has supplied design and engineering assist to the oceanographic analysis neighborhood for greater than 60 years, working with scientists and operators to offer economical designs which can be optimized for marine science, operational areas, and low emissions. The agency will present KAUST with the design, shipyard tendering assist, and development oversight by vessel supply, with the mission slated to finish in 2026.

“Our crew is happy to carry this new degree of analysis vessel functionality to the Purple Sea area/“ stated Glosten principal Ken FitzGerald. “Optimizing a vessel for KAUST for the precise situations of the working space and science analysis wants requires a excessive degree of engagement between our engineers and the KAUST crew. That is once we are at our greatest.”

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