September 9, 2010
Rapp to supply winches for the Alaska Regional Research Vessel
Rapp Hydema has been awarded a contract to supply of complete suite of winches for the Alaska Regional Research Vessel (ARRV). Rapp supplied items will include oceanographic traction, hydrographic, and CTD winches, two storage reels, side-handling boom, control systems and other equipment.
The ARRV is being built at Marinette Marine Shipyard. In addition, Rapp was awarded integrative services as Scientific Handling Services Integrator (SHSI) for the project.
The vessel is to be operated by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Rapp has just been awarded the deck machinery package and integration services for the fifth NOAA FSV class vessel. Rapp earlier successfully provided all deck machinery for the four NOAA FSV class vessels already commissioned. As with the ARRV, all of the winches for the fifth NOAA FSV will be electric.
Rapp has been supplying research and survey winches to a worldwide customer base since 1977. Within two weeks of the ARRV award, for example, Rapp also won the winch package contract for a Polar Supply and Research Vessel for South Africa that is being built by STX Finland Oy.
Rapp has supplied a number of electric winches for ROV/deepwater market in recent years, featuring variable-frequency drives and (sometimes) utilizing Active Heave Compensation (AHC).
Rapp's commitment to winch-powering technology is reflected in development of a recently-patented liquid-cooled motor design that earned the company a "Spotlight on Technology" award this year's OTC.
"The selection of Rapp as Scientific Handling System Integrator (SHSI) also allows us, once again, to demonstrate the integration skills and lessons learned during the NOAA FSV program," notes Scott Atkinson, Vice President of Government Contracts at Rapp.
"For Rapp, the ARRV award is a watershed event in Rapp's expanding base of government work. Late last year, Rapp won a new winch order from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and even more recently has won service, parts and/or refurbishment work for various university research vessels. So we are understandably pleased," he added.