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  • Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV)

    Leading the design and construction of the next class of ocean-going research vessels for the National Science Foundation

    The coastal ocean encompasses the most complex range of oceanic phenomena on the globe, and ships are as vital as ever to observing and understanding these phenomena. Oregon State University is leading the charge in designing and delivering the next generation of ships to advance coastal science.

    With more modern technology and abilities than previous generations of ocean research ships, these Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) will be cutting-edge platforms that provide scientists and educators access to the marine realm. The RCRV's environmentally conscious and acoustically quiet design, robust on-board sensor suite, and advanced overboard-handling systems for the launch and recovery of scientific packages will greatly bolster the U.S. marine science research capacity. The first RCRV is expected to launch in 2020 and will be operated by OSU on the West Coast as part of the University-Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).

    NSF Reviewer Restricted Documents

    Shipyard Selection and Vessel Procurement Information


    Project Overview

    All material provided is for informational purposes only and are not binding upon OSU.

    Drawings and Modeling

    RCRV Background Documentation

    (The Glosten Associates)

    Contact Information

    Demian Bailey, Regional Class Research Vessel Project Manager
    Clare Reimers, Project Support Office Scientist
    RCRV Project Phone Number: 541-737-5114
    Vendor's Questions:
    Deanne Lahaie-Noll, Procurement Contract Officer, 541-737-1150