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Regional Class Research Vessels: Designed for people. Designed for science.
The swaths of ocean nearest our coasts provide critical resources for human communities. These areas are also among the most complex ecosystems on the planet, and the most impacted by human activities. Research vessels – ships serving as floating laboratories for ocean-going scientists – are vital tools for observing and understanding this critical ecosystem.
Oregon State University is forging the future of science by designing and delivering the next generation of ships to advance coastal science. These Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRVs) will be cutting-edge platforms that provide scientists and educators access to the marine realm. The first of three new ships we are building, which CEOAS will operate, will replace R/V Oceanus.