If all goes according to plan, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will take possession of the Research Vessel Sikuliaq today. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, it’s the next step in getting the giant ice-capable ship north to Alaska.
The $200 million, ice-capable ship is the first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation in more than 30 years. At the opening of a special exhibit feature the ship, UAF School of Fisheries Dean Mike Castellini likened taking over the ship to getting a new car. Something he hasn’t done in years.