Services provided at GPA:

  • Basic Design
  • Contract/Regulatory Design
  • Detailed/Production Design

 

GPA provided the final vessel design, as well as all construction engineering for Atlantic Marine for the M/V Kilo Moana, a 55.5-meter SWATH (Small Water Area Twin Hull) oceanographic research ship that was built in 2003. The vessel is owned by the Naval Sea Systems Command and operated by the University of Hawaii.


For flexibility and economy of operation, the R/V Kilo Moana is designed with a fully integrated electric system, which provides power for both propulsion and ship's service uses. Four generators are distributed among two generator rooms, one of which is located on each side of the ship. The plant is designed for a speed of 15 knots at 100% power and 12 knots at 63% power. 

 

The overriding characteristic of the vessel is that it provides the most stable environment possible in order to allow both overside and laboratory work to proceed in greater capacity and in higher sea states than is now possible. The ship incorporates a small-water plane-area and twin-hull (SWATH) technology developed by Lockheed Martin.


The ship is unique because it has two submerged lower hulls connected by thin struts to the superstructure. Compared to a monohull or catamaran, SWATH design offers a much more comfortable ride, a substantial working deck area, and stable efficient operations in rough seas. 

 

The vessel is the largest SWATH vessel ever classed by ABS and helped define ABS’ current class requirements for SWATHs.

 

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