R/V William Kennedy
Converted from an offshore crab fishing vessel, the Research Vessel (R/V) William Kennedy has been retrofitted to handle extreme Arctic weather and ice conditions. The ship’s shallow draft, measuring just 12 feet, allows for critical research to be done in much shallower and near shore waters than traditional Arctic research vessels. The ship, which measures 66 feet in length, is equipped with both an interior drylab and wetlab and can accommodate up to 14 people beyond the crew. The William Kennedy is operated through an agreement between the Arctic Research Foundation and UM.