New research vessel for Duke University

All American Marine has completed building and has launched Shearwater, a new aluminium research and survey vessel for Duke University.

The Teknicraft-designed vessel is a hydrofoil-assisted catamaran with a length of 77 feet (23.4 metres), a beam of 26.5 feet (eight metres), accommodations for up to 30 people, and two Caterpillar C18 803hp (598kW) engines that deliver a cruising speed of 24 knots.

The vessel will allow marine scientists from Duke University Marine Lab (DUML) and other institutions to conduct research along the Atlantic seaboard in a wide range of fields including marine ecology and conservation, biological oceanography, and renewable energy ocean development.

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