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Alaska Region Research Vessel Fact Sheet

The ARRV was designed in 2004 by The Glosten Associates, a group of marine architects located in Seattle, Washington. It was developed as a replacement for the R/V Alpha Helix, a 133-foot research vessel that was built in 1966 and officially retired in 2006. The design for the ARRV has been in development since 2000 and has evolved through concept design, preliminary design, and an initial contract design that was completed in December 2004.

In August 2007, UAF entered into a Cooperative Agreement with National Science Foundation to proceed with a project refresh of the December 2004 contract design and development of the project documentation to support construction of the ARRV.

A Final Design Review took place at NSF in October 2008 and on March 31, 2009 the National Science Board authorized the NSF Director, at his discretion, to make awards to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the construction of the ARRV.

ARRV Brochures:

Additional publications and articles:

Field Notes – The Polar Field Services Newsletter (2010)
Through the Ice – Alaska's New Research Vessel

U.S. News & World Report (August 17, 2010)
State-of-the-art Vessel for Arctic Climate Study

Marine Technology Reporter (june 2010)
Electric Winches for the New ARRV

Sea Discovery (September 8, 2010)
Kongsberg Selected for Alaska Region Research

Sea Discovery (December 10, 2009)
Marinette Marine Tapped to Build Ice-Breaking RV

Sea Discovery (February 2, 2010)
University Research Vessel Gets Alaska Native Name

Marine Technology Reporter (January 2010)
Marinette Marine to Build Ice-Breaking RV