KUAC reports that technical problems have resulted in the new National Science Foundation vessel over-wintering in the Great Lakes.
The Sikuliaq is the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new 261-foot research vessel. It launched last year in Michigan almost a year ago, but is now spending the winter undergoing trials. The vessel will call Seward home when it finally makes it to Alaska.
Here’s a video produced by the NSF on the vessel’s design and construction.
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