This Exclusive takes a look at the new Research Vessel Sikuliaq, which was in Woods Hole at the Oceanographic Institute to be configured for her Maiden Voyage. The Sikuliaq (an Inuit word meaning “young ice”) is part of a new fleet of academic research vessels funded by the National Science Foundation. The Sikuliaq will be able to take scientists and their equipment deeper into the Polar regions not possible with previous ships due to thick ice. Though not an “ice-breaker,” The Sikuliaq can withstand ice up to three feet thick and allows the crew to get deeper into the arctic than previously possible. After its configuration at WHOI, the ship will call the University of Alaska Fairbank’s Seward Marine Center its home port.