Launching of a ship is an exciting process to watch irrespective of the method of launching. The ship launch of one of the most advanced research vessels in the world was witnessed by a crowd who cheered and clapped as the ship slid into the water. The ship launch of R/V Sikuliaq was definitely as dramatic as it can get!
The Alaska region research vessel “Sikuliaq” is a 261 foot vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
The Research Vessel Sikuliaq can operate in extreme environmental conditions and is uniquely equipped for operating in ice-chocked waters. The ship is equipped with reinforced double hull, two rotating thrusters, and scalloped propeller blades which allow it to break ice of up to 2.5 feet thick. The vessel is also outfitted with the latest technology for oceanographic research including advanced navigation systems, acoustic mapping systems and sensors, and systems for deploying wide array of science equipment into and out of water. The advanced research vessel is primarily built to support polar and sub-polar regions of the world.
Watch the amazing ship launch video below:
Ship launch is always a wonderful process to visualize both for the makers and for the spectators. The launching of the Sikauliaq research vessel had the right amount of excitement and drama to enthrall the crowd.