U.S. Fish & Wildlife Research Vessel

  • Owner: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New Franken, WI

  • Location: For operation in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior

  • Hull Construction: Aluminum

  • Length: 56’9”

  • Depth (Molded): 6’1”

  • Draft: 4’6” max

  • Deadweight Tonnage (OSVs): 63582 lbs

  • Speed: 20 knots

  • Main Propulsion: Twin John Deere 6135 SFM85, 500 BHP@1900RMP

  • Classification/Certification: None, Uninspected Public Vessel

  • Delivery Date: November, 2017

Moran Iron Works was awarded the contract to build a 56’9” research vessel by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in August, 2016.  Initial project planning began in November, 2016 with subsequent detailing and engineering work proceeding through January, 2017.

With the keel laid in late-January, hull work began in February.  MIW staff, using plasma cutting and forming equipment, precision-cut and formed all aluminum plate and structural members used in the hull construction before preparing and welding the hull.

Fabrication continued through Spring and Summer, 2017, with components and equipment being installed throughout the build process.  In all, over a dozen specialized navigation and research systems are included in the vessel with the entire electrical system measuring over two miles in length.  The boat is powered by twin John Deere 500 HP diesel engines and is designed to reach a speed of 20 knots.

With construction completed in Autumn, 2017, the Stanford H. Smith was launched in October for sea trials and preparation for delivery to its home port of Kewaunee, Wisconsin.