On behalf of Lousiana-based Gulf Islands Shipyard, Siemens will supply the propulsion system for a Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV). The ship is operated by the Oregon State University (OSU). It is used to explore and monitor the ecosystem in the coastal area in order to foster and drive marine science on the coast. The order volume is in the lower two-digit million range.
With innovative maritime solutions from Siemens, the research vessel which has not been baptized yet will provide an advanced high-tech platform for scientists and educators. The RCRV is designed as an environmentally friendly with low operating noise, is equipped with comprehensive on-board sensors and has a handling system that enables scientific research modules to be lowered into the water and recovered from onboard the vessel. The ship is scheduled to launch in early 2020 and will be operated on the west coast as part of the University of Oregon's Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
The new ship will be equipped with the Blue Drive Plus C diesel-electric propulsion (DEP) system from Siemens; this diesel-electric solution provides increased safety, lowers the operating costs, improves the cost efficiency during the life cycle and has a positive impact on the ecological balance sheet. The Siemens scope of delivery also includes the thrusters, the jet engines and the dynamic positioning (DP) system as well as the Ecomain remote diagnostic system, diesel generator units, switchgear and power distribution systems, alarm and monitoring systems.
The marine business of Siemens dates back to the year 1847 when Siemens purchased the "Faraday", a custom-built vessel for cable laying in the Atlantic. In 1877, Siemens installed a generator and a bright arc light on board – a milestone for the shipping industry because electricity was available on board for the first time and allowed the crew to continue their work at night. In 1886, Siemens founder Werner von Siemens built the world's first electrically powered ship, the "Elektra". Today, Siemens continues to successfully implement innovations in the marine industry, for example with vessels like the "F/V Blue North" and the world's first fully electrically powered ferryboat, the "MV Ampere".