JMS Naval Architects & Salvage has announced that they have acquired Roger Long Marine Architecture Inc. (RLMA). Under the deal, JMS will receive exclusive rights to RLMA’s successful CHALLENGER class fast research vessels, a class JMS is looking to expand with the help of Roger Long, founder and principle designer of RLMA, who signed on with JMA as senior design consultant.
The R/V GULF CHALLENGER, was designed and built in 1993 for the University of New Hampshire and immediately demonstrated that a small, fast research vessel can offer slow-speed efficiency and comfort equal to or better than heavier displacement vessels. Follow-on vessels in this series include the R/V FAY SLOVER selected as one of the 10 most significant vessels of the year by American Ship Review, the R/V TIOGA owned by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and most recently the R/V RACHEL CARSON launched in 2008 and owned by the University of Maryland. With a pair of 1,200 HP jet outdrives, the R/V RACHEL CARSON cruises at 24 knots allowing researchers more time on station and less time in transit, resulting in significant savings in time and operational costs.
Founded in 1986, Roger Long Marine Architecture is one of the Unites States’ foremost designers of fast aluminum vessels for coastal oceanographic research. Roger Long has also been a prolific designer of sailing vessels, passenger vessels and work boats.
JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers is a specialty maritime engineering firm providing naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying, and marine casualty response services to a commercial and government client base representing all aspects of the maritime industry.