The Seward City News reports that during trial runs for the R/V Sikuliaq, the National Science Foundation’s $200 million Arctic research vessel, the ship lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit. The acceptance trials took place on Lake Michigan. The malfunction will result in a launch delay at an estimated cost of an additional $1 million.
The National Science Foundation will own and University of Alaska Fairbanks will operate R/V Sikuliaq, an exceptionally maneuverable boat that will replace the now-retired R/V Alpha Helix. To read the Seward City News report, click here.