Sikuliaq

A near-record year for Arctic Ocean sea-ice retreat – and researchers are on site to study why …


A progress report on the nation’s newest polar research ship...


Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boats’s home port in Seward. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.


UAF Taking Possession Of Ice-Capable Ship Sikuliaq

Jun 6, 2014
http://uafcornerstone.net/ / University of Alaska Fairbanks

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.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, Alaska - Over the weekend, six new sculptures were installed outside the University of Alaska Museum of the North.  Local artists created the works in conjunction with a new special exhibit.

Fairbanks, AK - A new exhibit opens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North over the weekend. The year-long installation is called "Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq."  It offers a first-hand look the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art new research vessel, slated to sail in Arctic waters next year.

Sikuliaq Almost Ready

Apr 30, 2014
Dan Bross / KUAC

The National Science Foundation’s new arctic research vessel Sikuliaq (see-KOO-lee-ak) is nearing completion. The 200 million dollar project has experienced delays, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, final work is taking place at a Wisconsin shipyard.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The National Science Foundation’s new arctic research vessel Sikuliaq (see-KOOL-ee-AK) will spend the winter undergoing trials in the Great Lakes. The 261 foot ship to be operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was launched in Lake Michigan a year ago, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Sikuliaq’s original target date for arrival at home port in Seward has been delayed a year due to technical problems.

Sikuliaq Launched

Oct 14, 2012
Dan Bross

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has realized a dream with the launch of a new arctic research vessel.  The 261 foot Sikuliaq splashed into a river feeding Lake Michigan in Marinette, Wisconsin Saturday.  The 200 million dollar vessel project is largely paid for with federal economic stimulus funds. The ship is owned by the National Science Foundation and will be operated by U.A.F.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the launch culminated decades of planning and advocacy by the university.

Sikuliaq to Hit Water

Oct 12, 2012
Dan Bross

A large contingent of Alaskans is in Wisconsin to attend tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) launch of a new arctic research vessel that will be home ported in Alaska. The 261 foot ship is called the Sikuliaq (see-KOO-lee-auk), the Inupiaq word for young sea ice.  It’s owned by the National Science Foundation and will be operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports from Marinette, Wisconsin.

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