Work Begins on Research Vessel

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is joined by URI President David Dooley, GSO Dean Bruce Corliss and Chair of the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education Timothy DelGiudice at the May 7, 2019.


New $100 million vessel slated to replace R/V Endeavor

KINGSTON – Construction of the University of Rhode Island’s planned future research vessel began last week in Houma, LA. The 199-foot vessel, named R/V Resolution and valued at over $100 million, is slated to replace URI’s current ship, R/V Endeavor

The second vessel to be funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), R/V Resolution will support scientific studies at sea, such as the tracking of ocean currents, ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate-induced changes in the oceans, fish migration, seafloor surveys, conservation of marine life and the food-web dynamics of deep-ocean ecosystems. 

“As the climate continues to change worldwide, it is more important than ever before that we have a deep, thorough understanding of our oceans,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, the vessel’s ceremonial sponsor at a recent keel-laying event for the new boat. “With the arrival of the R/V Resolution, the University of Rhode Island will continue to lead the way in oceanographic research, making our state a hub for scientific talent from across the globe and preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow. I’m honored to be part of this keel laying, and I’m already excited to see the Resolution in Narragansett Bay in 2022.”

“Today’s ceremony marks the start of a new chapter in the rich history of oceanographic research and education at the University of Rhode Island,” said URI President David M. Dooley. “The R/V Resolution will play a central role in building on that important research legacy and in enhancing the educational and research experience of our students for generations to come.”

The new ship will be 199 feet long and 41 feet wide and will feature improved science labs, more workspace, state-of-the-art technologies, and more comfortable berthing. R/V Resolution will be able to cruise at 11.5 knots for up to 21 days, will also include a dynamic positioning system that enables ships to remain in one exact spot for long periods of time and will allow operation of remotely operated vehicles. The ship will carry a crew of 13-16 scientists and have a cruising range of 5,400 nautical miles, and has been constructed specifically to travel and navigate the Atlantic Ocean. NSF last year selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium (ECOC), led by URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), to receive and operate the vessel. The new ship’s capabilities have the opportunity to be widely used by the 13 members of ECOC, along with serving as an educational resource for students at the high school through graduate level.

“The R/V Resolution will carry out scientific expeditions throughout the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas over the next 30 years, and will be used to conduct a broad range of scientific and environmental studies,” said URI GSO Dean and ECOC Director Bruce Corliss. “We are delighted that the Resolution will be operated by the University of Rhode Island and the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium to promote research, education, and outreach collaborations among the member institutions.”

NSF selected Oregon State University to lead the design, construction and transition to operations for as many as three new Regional Class Research Vessels for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet, including Resolution.   

The ship is scheduled to be delivered to URI’s GSO Bay Campus, its home port located in Narragansett, by the summer of 2022. After an additional six months of outfitting and testing, the ship will be fully operational. RV Resolution is expected to begin conducting expeditions starting in January of 2023.

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