Glosten to Lead Design of New Australian Research Vessel

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Glosten and One2three Naval Architects have been chosen by the Australian Institute of Marine Science to design the organization’s new research vessel, Glosten announced Feb. 13.

Glosten, which has a location in Seattle, will lead a team featuring Sydney-based One2three Naval Architects and Melbourne-based Maritime Survey Australia on a larger, more modern research vessel to replace the institute’s r/v Cape Ferguson.

“Our research vessels are integral and essential to Australia’s marine research capability, giving our scientists access to the diverse habitats that make up our remote and extraordinary tropical waters and enabling them to conduct experiments at sea,” AIMS CEO Dr. Paul Hardisty said.

The team plans to bring three options with multi-hulled concepts for the institute to consider. The new vessel is expected to include more space for scientists and multi-technology and sensor platform capabilities.

“Integrating requirements of the ocean science community with accepted maritime practice has been a key to Glosten’s success as research vessel designers,” Glosten President Morgan Fanberg said. “By partnering with One2three and MSA, we’re adding invaluable multi-hull experience to the team, as well as a deep understanding of Australian regulations and shipbuilding.” 

The design process is expected to be complete by June 2024, according to Glosten.

By Karen Robes Meeks