Press Release – JMS Naval Architects – The 93-foot research vessel, R/V VIRGINIA, successfully completed sea trials and is currently transiting to its home port in Virginia. The new vessel was built by Meridien Maritime Reparation. JMS Naval Architects performed the concept through contract-level design and provided technical support during construction and sea trials.
The VIRGINIA will support the institution’s fisheries research projects and greatly expand VIMS’ capability to perform general oceanographic research in the Chesapeake Bay as well as mid-Atlantic coastal waters. Interest in the new research vessel is already growing rapidly as next season is almost fully booked with science cruises.