Adjustments Delay New Arctic Vessel

A University of Alaska Fairbanks spokesman says delivery of a new Arctic research vessel is being held up by adjustments to operating systems.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A University of Alaska Fairbanks spokesman says delivery of a new Arctic research vessel is being held up by adjustments to operating systems.

The 261-foot Sikuliaq was to reach Seward in January but is two to three months behind schedule at its shipyard in Marinette, WI.
The National Science Foundation ship will be operated by UAF. Project principal investigator Terry Whitledge says complex systems on the vessel have to be coordinated and a few things need to be altered or fixed.
About $145 million of a nearly $200 million dollar budget has been spent. Whitledge say most of the remaining budget is designated for management, transportation and testing.
Trials of the vessel will be conducted on Lake Michigan and in the Atlantic Ocean.