Oceanographic survey vessel for the U.S. Navy

Construction of the new ship, T-AGS 66, will begin in 1H2010 with delivery scheduled in 2013. VT Halter Marine is the US operation of ST Engineering's marine arm, ST Marine.

The all-steel vessel is about 107.6 metres long, with a beam of 17.68 metres, a 5.48-metre draft and permanent accommodation for 67 persons. The T-AGS 60 Class design eliminated conventional reduction gears and long propeller shafts to free up space for oceanographic uses. Its dynamic positioning controls thrust direction provides ship control and maneuverability to permit precise position keeping and track line following. In addition to various enhancements of its equipment and electronics systems, the T-AGS 66 will be fitted with an 18' x 18' moonpool for through hull launch and retrieval of scientific research equipment.

Typical missions of the T-AGS 60 Class ships may include: oceanographic sampling and data collection of surface, midwater and ocean floor parameters; the launching, recovering, and towing of scientific packages both tethered and autonomous including the handling, monitoring, and servicing of remotely operated vehicles; shipboard oceanographic data processing and sample analysis; and precise navigation, track line maneuvering, and station keeping to support deep ocean and coastal surveys.

US shipyard VT Halter Marine has been awarded a contract to build an enhanced version of a T-AGS 60 Class oceanographic survey ship for the U.S. Navy.

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