USA: JMS Designs Fisheries Research Vessel for USGS Great Lakes Science Center

JMS Naval Architects (JMS) of Mystic, CT has completed the contract design for a Fisheries Research Vessel for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center.

The FRV GRAYLING will replace the existing R/V GRAYLING and will be a member of a 5 vessel fleet owned and operated by the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Final Design, Construction, and Commissioning solicitation is currently out for bids.

The 78 foot GRAYLING will be a state-of-the-art, steel monohull research vessel capable of oceanographic research and fisheries assessment on the Great Lakes. The vessel will be based at the Cheboygan Vessel Base. It is designed to conduct lake-wide bottom trawl surveys, acoustic surveys, gill net surveys and a variety of over-the-side science operations and will operate year round across three state boundaries, Canadian waters and treaty waters in Lake Huron, Michigan and Superior.

Propulsion will be provided by twin Caterpillar 454 BHP C12 C-Rating Tier II diesel engines and a bow thruster for increased maneuverability and station-keeping. The design includes a Wet lab, Dry lab, retractable transducers, ample working deck areas, large pilot house with excellent visibility, and comfortable accommodations and working areas for a 3-man crew and 6 scientists.

Press Release, August 14, 2012