Next Generation Arctic Research Vessel on Track for Voyage of Discovery (video) National Science Foundation Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption The National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has successfully launched the R/V Sikuliaq, a "next-generation" global-class research vessel. MMC is the Wisconsin shipyard that built the ship, with funding provided by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the ship as part of the US Academic Research Fleet. The new vessel's name, Sikuliaq, pronounced "see-KOO-lee-ack," is an Inupiat word meaning "young sea ice." Construction work on the R/V Sikuliaq will continue throughout the winter. The ship is expected to arrive at its home port of Seward, Alaska, by January 2014. Credit Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer Usage Restrictions This video may only be used with appropriate caption or credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.