research vessels

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has designed aluminum and steel research vessels that are in service around the country.  We are particularly adept at creating designs that are easier to operate, as we have staff with experience serving aboard research vessels:  as deckhands and as engineers, and on up to captain of the largest research vessel in the US fleet, the USCGC HEALY.  We are familiar with extensive modifications and rearrangement of scientific spaces, and needs unique to the scientific community.  EBDG’s reputation as a leader in small research vessel design led to a request in 1999 by the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) for EBDG staff members to write chapters on Stability, Seakeeping, Propulsion, and Monohulls for their on-line publication “UNOLS Small Research Vessel Compendium.”

Research vessels benefit from the planning expertise, innovative design, operational experience, shipyard experience, and regulatory knowledge available here at EBDG.  Our approach is to listen to our client’s needs, and then create a document package that captures those ideas and desires.  Once we have engineered the best possible solution for the vessel’s unique mission requirements and operational concerns, we work with the client and their shipyard to translate the design into a vessel – all the while meeting schedule and budget requirements.

Our portfolio includes a variety of projects, such as:

  • Classroom vessels for educational institutions
  • Coastal seismic research vessels
  • Littoral research and diving support vessels
  • Fisheries research vessels