The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, announced today that marine and marine engineering firm Glosten has been selected as the marine engineer for California’s new coastal research vessel. The new ship will feature a first-of-its-kind hybrid and hydrogen propulsion system.
Selected after participating in the university’s request for proposal process, Glosten will present the initial design, contract design and detailed design of the research vessel that will be operated by Scripps Oceanography.
“This will be the first vessel of its kind, and the choice of the Naval Engineer is a milestone for Scripps,” said Bruce Applegate, associate director and chief of vessel operations for Scripps Oceanography. “Essentially, our ships need to be reliable and capable in order to support the innovative research our scientists are conducting at sea. Furthermore, the ship we envision needs to demonstrate that zero-emissions power systems operate effectively under challenging real-world conditions. It is the task of the marine engineer to Providing the engineering, design and integration skills necessary for the success of this project at all levels.”
Last summer, California lawmakers allocated $35 million to design and build this vessel, which will serve as a platform for education and research dedicated to understanding the California coast and the effects of climate change on the coastal ecosystem.
“I am proud to see the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reach a critical stage in the selection of a marine engineer for this unique hydrogen-hybrid research vessel,” said Senate Pro-Tempor Chair Tony G. Atkins. Continuing to set global standards to develop innovative solutions to address our most pressing environmental challenges. This vessel will play an important role in supporting policy decisions to protect our state’s precious coastal environment from the effects of climate change, while demonstrating the critical role of hydrogen in California’s carbon. Free future.
As a public, student-centered, research-focused university, nautical experiences are a cornerstone of UCSD’s educational programs. This new vessel will continue the educational mission of the university to train the next generation of scholars, leaders and policy makers. The ship is envisioned to carry up to 45 students and teachers out to sea on daily voyages, improving the university’s capacity for experiential learning at sea. The new vessel will replace the research vessel Robert Gordon Sproul, which has served thousands of UCLA students in 42 years of service but is nearing the end of its service life.
“Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s coastal Hydrogen-hybrid vessel is an important demonstration of California’s commitment to combating climate change, removing carbon from our blue economy, and improving air quality for disadvantaged communities adjacent to the port,” said Liane Randolph, president of California Air Resources. Council (CARB). “The selection of a naval architect is an important step in turning this innovative project into a reality.”
This new vessel will feature an innovative hybrid propulsion system that integrates hydrogen fuel cells along with a conventional diesel and electric power plant, enabling zero-emissions operations, in line with the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which targets carbon neutrality by 2025. The design is scaled so The ship is able to run 75% of its missions entirely using non-fossil fuel – hydrogen – with only pure water and electricity as reaction products. For longer missions, additional power will be provided by modern clean diesel generators.
The proposed 125-foot vessel will be equipped with instruments and sensor systems, including Doppler acoustic stream profiles, seabed mapping systems, midwater fisheries imaging systems, biological and geological sampling systems, and support for UAV operations. These capabilities, combined with state-of-the-art laboratories, will allow for interdisciplinary research, advancing our understanding of the active physical and biological processes in California’s coastal oceans. This new ship will be dedicated to research missions in California, with the ability to study issues vital to California’s economy such as the health of marine fisheries, harmful algal blooms, severe El Niño storms, atmospheric rivers, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and areas of oxygen depletion.
Scripps Oceanography worked with Glosten previously, initially over 60 years ago designing the floating Research Platform known as FLIP. Glosten also participated in the midlife renovation of the Roger Revelle, a $60 million renovation that advanced the scientific capability and service life of Scripps’ largest ship.
The projected design and construction timeline includes one year for completion of the basic design. After the US Coast Guard approves the design, the university will select the shipyard where the design will be built. Construction and detailed design will likely take an additional three years.
When complete, it will join the fleet of ships operated by Scripps including Navy-owned research vessels Sally Ride and Roger Revell, which conduct global oceanographic research, and the Bob and Betty Betty, a near-shore science work boat. All research vessels are stationed and maintained at the university’s Nimitz Naval Facility at Point Loma.