Design Philosophy MARVEL
Backed by a grant from NWO and in cooperation with TU Delft, TNO, and NIOZ, we produced a feasibility study and basic design of the unique Arctic Research Vessel “MARVEL”. This Modular Arctic Research vessel is specially designed and equipped to investigate in the hardly accessible drift-ice zone and to safely withstand the dynamic pressure of drifting ice under harsh weather conditions. This strong and compact vessel will operate autonomously during four to five months throughout the polar winter night, with a limited crew of scientists, engineers, and navigators.
Labs, drones, and subs
MARVEL accommodates up to four (4) high cube 20 ft. containers that serve as research laboratories for various scientific disciplines. The principal methodes to access the environment above and under the ice cover are drones and the moonpool. Aerial and underwater drones are used for sampling and observations and to set out instruments for acoustical recordings. The moonpool offers access from the sheltered interior of the vessel to the underwater environment and the underside of the sea-ice. Scientists can lower a wide variety of sampling, measuring and observation instruments through the moonpool, as well as scuba divers and submersible robotics.
Images courtesy of Icewhale Foundation | SIGU design
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