NArFU invites to participate in the competition in the project of scientific-expedition vessel
Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov will announce soon an open competition for the development of the technical proposal of a new research vessel for the project «Arctic Floating University». Professional and College teams are invited for participation.
We would like to remind you, that the idea of building a specialized vessel was suggested by students and young scientists of NArFU. The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, the Government of the Arkhangelsk region, and the United Shipbuilding Corporation also support the project. Implementation of this initiative will provide the necessary conditions for training and conducting complex research projects of fundamental and applied value during annual expeditions of AFU. Now students and scientists of NArFU use the research vessel «Professor Molchanov» for studying high latitude, which belongs to the FSBI «Northern WCEMS» (Weather Control and Environmental Monitoring Service).
Further development of the AFU requires improving both quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the expedition. New RV should help broaden the spectrum of research and help in their successful implementation. The presence of NArFU specialized research vessel will allow to establish comfortable timescales for the expedition and solve the problem of scientific and technical support for research.
It is expected that the new vessel will be up to 100 m, have a width of 22 m; its planned draft will not exceed 8.5 meters. The crew of the RV will consist of 20 people. Up to 60 people will be able to do research work on board. It is important that the stern part of the vessel must be designed according to the results of the hydrological and geological work. Technical design of the vessel provides for stern trawling to collect biological material; mobile laboratories on the main deck could be used for scientific work in the hydrological, hydro-chemical and biological areas; an observation lab on the top deck for bird watching and marine mammals; bow and stern loading cranes, the take-off site for the helicopter and so on. By the end of the spring, the technical specifications for the design of the vessel planned to be completed. Student competition for the development of technical proposals will be announced in June.
We invite all Russian universities for cooperation!