OSU chosen to lead research vessel work

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has been selected to design and coordinate construction of up to three new coastal research vessels.

The school announced it was selected by the National Science Foundation to receive $3 million to coordinate the design work.

The vessels would likely be deployed one each to the East, West and Gulf coasts. OSU could receive up to $290 million over 10 years if money is appropriated for all three vessels.

The school described the vessels as 175-foot-long floating laboratories that would be “more seaworthy and environmentally ‘green’ than previous research vessels.”

The university now operates the R/V Oceanus, which is scheduled for retirement about the time the new research vessels are expected to be available.