PHOTOS: Vigor Delivers New Research Vessel to State of California

Mike Schuler
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January 3, 2017

Photo: Vigor Industrial

Incat Crowther and Vigor have announced the delivery of Sentinel, a 60 foot Catamaran Research Vessel, to the California Department of Water Resources.

Vigor describes the Sentinel as a rugged and utilitarian vessel with an efficient design optimizing the use of the catamaran platform. It was built at Vigor’s specialized aluminum fabrication facility in Seattle, Washington. The vessel’s primary role will be the monitoring of water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthic macro-invertebrates within the San Francisco bay area and close proximity coastline.

Photo: Vigor Industrial
Photo: Vigor Industrial

“Vigor was honored to build a vessel which will play such an important role in protecting water quality. The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades,” said Tim Kolb, Vigor General Manager – Ballard (formerly Kvichak).

Photo: Vigor Industrial
Photo: Vigor Industrial

In keeping all accommodation on the main deck, Sentinel features a relatively wide beam which is used to create a layout conducive to research and water sampling activity. The vessel also has a large partially-covered aft deck with two deck cranes and two deck winches in addition to stair access to swim platforms port and starboard. The main deck cabin houses a large laboratory, forward of which are two twin cabins, a bathroom and galley. Forward of this is the wheelhouse with an additional fold-down berth.

A set of stairs leads from the foredeck to the roof deck, featuring aft control station as well as a rescue boat and dedicated launch and retrieval crane.

The vessel has a service speed of 18 knots with two Cummins QSB 6.7 main engines producing 260kW each.

Length Overall  60’ / 18.3m 
Length Waterline  56’ 2” / 17.1m 
Beam Overall  24’ / 7.3m 
Draft (hull)  3’ / 0.9m 
Draft (prop or max)  3’ 7” / 1.1m 
Depth  7’ 9” / 2.35m 
Construction  Marine grade aluminium 
Fuel Oil  900 gallons / 17 00 litres 
Fresh Water  250 gallons / 470 litres 
Sullage  50 gallons / 190 litres 
Passengers  20 
Speed (Service)  18 knots 
Speed (Max)  21 knots 
Main Engines  2 x Cummins QSB6.7 
Power  2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2800rpm 
Propulsion  2 x Propellers 
Generators  2 x Northern Lights M864W3 
Flag  United States of America 
Class / Survey  USCG Subchapter T 
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