Snow & Company Inc., Seattle, recently started construction of the 50'x16' all-aluminum hybrid research vessel Resilience for the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

Designed by Incat Crowther with a 3'6" draft with propulsion integration provided by Pacific Power, Resilience’s hybrid propulsion will be accomplished by joining twin Volvo Penta D8-510 marine engines, producing 501 hp each, and two Danfoss Editron 20-kW motor-generators. Power will be stored using a Spear Trident battery system. The combination will allow the vessel to operate in a zero-emission “quiet” state, which is more effective for marine research and is also designed to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.

The vessel’s speed with be 28 knots running on diesel and 6 knots running on full electric.

The new research boat will be stationed at PNNL’s Sequim campus. PNNL-Sequim houses the only marine research facilities in the DOE complex. 

Resilience, which will have a 55,000-lb. displacement, will be a multi-use platform for deploying research equipment, ROV’s and diving operations in support of various research projects, including power generation and environmental surveys.

Other features include a 5,000-lb. capacity A-frame, 1,000-lb. capacity crane, and a 500-lb. capacity davit, a dive operation platform, onboard Scuba bottle air compressor, FLIR camera, a Garmin electronics suite.

Capacities will include 600 gals. of fuel; 80 gals. fresh water, two crew, and six scientists.

Delivery is scheduled for summer 2023.