FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has picked a name for its new 254-foot research vessel.
The ship will be called the Sikuliaq. It's an Inupiat Eskimo word meaning "young sea ice."
The Sikuliaq will be an oceanographic research vessel that can break ice up to 2.5 feet thick.
UAF last month chose Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis. to build the vessel.
When completed in 2013, the ship will be one of the most technologically advanced oceanographic vessels in the world.
A committee of scientists and university staff members chose the name after suggestions from the public.
The Sikuliaq's home port will be Seward.