The academic research vessel fleet in the United States is embarking on a great experiment. By 2004 we will know if SWATH vessels such as the Kilo Moana and the possible built Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution coastal SWATH have such great advantages that all future vessels will be of SWATH design. Or, we will find that the two hull forms have distinct niches and the fleet will evolve with a strategic mix. Regardless of the future hull form research vessels will grow in size to accommodate advanced technology and the people to run and maintain it. The research vessel will become an office and laboratory at sea with seamless communication to the shore for the oceanographer.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2001
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