Presenter/Author Information

Bob Kruger, King CountyFollow

Type of Presentation

Snapshot

Session Title

People and Engagement

Description

The King County Environmental Laboratory (KCEL) is in the final stage of procuring a new, state of the art Research Vessel. The Research Vessel Liberty was built in 1977 as a charter fishing boat to be used off the coast of Washington State. In 1980, King County (formerly Metro) purchased the boat and had it modified to meet the requirements of a research vessel for the municipality. For the past 35 years, the R/V Liberty has served the County well, but as new technology has emerged and new requirements for sampling and analysis have been brought forward, a new vessel was required. Starting in 2011, the KCEL began researching existing vessels, documenting current and future requirements, and attending boat shows and scientific conferences to determine what the ideal replacement for the R/V Liberty would look like. KCEL hired a marine architectural company to help design the new boat. In the summer of 2014, the County published a Request for Proposal for the construction of a new vessel. A contract was signed in February 2015, followed by engineering and design throughout the spring and summer. Construction started in October 2015 and the vessel will be delivered in June 2016. This talk will discuss the process of procurement, vessel details, and future uses throughout the Salish Sea.

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Procuring a New Research Vessel

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The King County Environmental Laboratory (KCEL) is in the final stage of procuring a new, state of the art Research Vessel. The Research Vessel Liberty was built in 1977 as a charter fishing boat to be used off the coast of Washington State. In 1980, King County (formerly Metro) purchased the boat and had it modified to meet the requirements of a research vessel for the municipality. For the past 35 years, the R/V Liberty has served the County well, but as new technology has emerged and new requirements for sampling and analysis have been brought forward, a new vessel was required. Starting in 2011, the KCEL began researching existing vessels, documenting current and future requirements, and attending boat shows and scientific conferences to determine what the ideal replacement for the R/V Liberty would look like. KCEL hired a marine architectural company to help design the new boat. In the summer of 2014, the County published a Request for Proposal for the construction of a new vessel. A contract was signed in February 2015, followed by engineering and design throughout the spring and summer. Construction started in October 2015 and the vessel will be delivered in June 2016. This talk will discuss the process of procurement, vessel details, and future uses throughout the Salish Sea.