Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, N.Y., recently delivered a 64' aluminum hybrid research catamaran to the University of Vermont (UVM).
The RV Marcelle Melosira, designed by Chartwell Marine in collaboration with UVM and Derecktor Shipyards, meets the requirements from UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources.
These requirements include low emissions, minimal fuel consumption, a stable and safe platform for research, high maneuverability, and the capability to tow trawls, sleds, and plankton nets. The vessel facilitates the deployment and retrieval of scientific equipment, small remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and sediment sampling devices.
Equipped with dual control stations for optimal operability, the Marcelle Melosira offers a spacious interior and a large exterior aft deck area. The vessel is designed to withstand challenging conditions on Lake Champlain, including waves of up to 1.5 meters significant wave height. The Marcelle Melosira serves as a durable, reliable, and invaluable research platform for UVM's scientific endeavors.
"The new hybrid electric vessel is one of the first of its kind for research and teaching, fully equipped to expand UVM's cutting-edge world-class research, deliver hands-on education programs to students of all ages, and welcome the public to learn about the mysteries, wonders, and significance of our great Lake Champlain," Jason Stockwell, director of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, said in a statement.
The research vessel was scheduled to enter service on Lake Champlain this year. It will mark a significant milestone in advancing scientific exploration and education, UVM said.
"We are honored to be part of this project and to continue pushing the boundaries of hybrid vessel technology. This unique research vessel will not only serve as a platform for scientific exploration but also inspire future scientists and engineers through education," Mark Donahue, director of development at Derecktor Shipyards New York, said in a statement.