HVAC & Refrigeration | OSU Research Vessel

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the contract to supply the HVAC/R for an oceanographic research vessel, to be built by Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC for Oregon State University.

For a better understanding of our changing oceans, Oregon State University has just received a grant of $121.88 million from the National Science Foundation to spearhead the construction of a new class of research vessels for the United States Academic Research Fleet. The first vessel is slated to be operated by OSU for research missions focusing on the U.S. West Coast. This new class of modern well-equipped ships is essential to support research encompassing marine physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes in coastal waters. These new vessels will provide valuable scientific capacity for better understanding our changing oceans.

Special emphasis is put on minimizing noise and vibration

We will deliver the HVAC, mechanical ventilation and provision cooling for the research vessel. In order to ensure proper performance of the scientific instrumentation on board, there is special emphasis on minimizing vibration, airborne noise, and underwater radiated noise from equipment on board the ship. An engine waste heat recovery system will be used to support the vessel heating load, making the HVAC system more energy-efficient.

Design Conditions

The HVAC installation has been designed to maintain the following inside conditions at the stated ambient conditions:

Outside-Inside Summer
Outside: 98.6oF
Inside: 75oF

Outside-Inside Winter
Outside: -4oF
Inside: 70oF

More information
Would you like to know more about our HVAC&R solutions for research vessels? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

OSU Research Vessel HVAC/R
Shipyard: Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC
Owner: National Science Foundation, Operated by Oregon State University
Delivery Year: 2020
Vessel Type: Research Vessel
Lenth: 193 ft
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