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All American Marine launches NOAA vessel.

All American Marine launched its first vessel of the new year January 15 from its Fairhaven waterfront location at 200 Harris Ave.

The vessel, which will be christened the R/V Manta, is the fifth research vessel the company has built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"It's also the largest research vessel that we've built," said AAM spokesman Joe Hudspeth.

The 82-foot-long R/V Manta will be based in Galveston, Texas and serve the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary located 100 miles offshore.

During the next few weeks, the boat will undergo sea trials by the company, NOAA and Teknicraft Designs, a boat design company in New Zealand that is working with AAM to design ultra-low wake wash catamarans.

The vessel should be ready for delivery by mid-February, Hudspeth said.

In the meantime, the company will continue working on two NOAA survey launch boats, which are slated for delivery in March. For more information, call 647-7602, ext. 3003.
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