MYSTIC, Conn. – JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers (JMS) announced this week the acquisition of Roger Long Marine Architecture Inc. (RLMA). The acquisition includes exclusive rights to RLMA’s Challenger-class fast research vessels, according to a press release. Roger Long, RLMA’s founder and principal designer, will become a senior design consultant to JMS’ research vessel design projects. JMS and Roger Long have collaborated on several projects in the past and look forward to merging their resources and expanding the Challenger-class research vessel to new markets.
The Gulf Challenger was designed and built in 1993 for the University of New Hampshire and demonstrated that a small, fast research vessel can offer slow-speed efficiency and comfort equal to or better than heavier displacement vessels, according to JMS. Follow-on vessels in this series include the Fay Slover, the Tioga, owned by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and most recently the 81” Rachel Carson, launched in 2008 and owned by the University of Maryland. With a pair of 1,200-hp jet outdrives, the Rachel Carson cruises at 24 knots, allowing researchers more time on station and less time in transit, resulting in significant savings in time and operational costs, according to the company.
Founded in 1986, RLMA is a designer of fast aluminum vessels for coastal oceanographic research. Roger Long has also been a prolific designer of sailing vessels, passenger vessels and work boats.
JMS is a specialty maritime engineering firm providing naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying, and marine casualty response services to a commercial and government client base representing all aspects of the maritime industry.