Glosten Selected for Hydrogen-Hybrid Research Vessel Design

By: Meredith Miller | Detailed Design, Naval Architecture

UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography awarded Glosten the design of a groundbreaking new hydrogen-hybrid research vessel. It will replace the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul, and continue its predecessor’s legacy as a learning platform for the next generation of ocean scientists.

As the naval architect for the project, Glosten will provide the preliminary design, contract design, and detailed design for the vessel. We will work with electrical integrator Siemens Energy on the innovative propulsion system, which will enable zero-emissions operations along the coast of California and be able to run exclusively on hydrogen power for 75% of its scientific missions.

Glosten’s relationship with Scripps began over sixty years ago with the design of the Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP), a research platform that was famously able to rotate to a vertical position in the water, and continued through updates to the R/V Sally Ride and the mid-life refit of the R/V Roger Revelle. We are thrilled to be providing Scripps with a first-of-its-kind research vessel design that will advance alternative propulsion technology and uphold their vision for a carbon-free future.

For more information about the research vessel, view the full press release.