BRIX Marine Unveils Kaiao: Empowering Pacific Whale Foundation’s Marine Conservation Efforts with Cutting-Edge Research Vessel

Port Angeles, WA – BRIX Marine, a renowned name in the maritime industry, proudly unveils its latest addition to the LabCat portfolio, the 3011-CTC research vessel custom-built for Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Wailuku, Hawaii. The vessel, named “Kaiao,” marks a significant milestone in pursuing marine research, conservation, and education, while aligning with Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission to protect and preserve vulnerable species of whales, dolphins, turtles, and coral reefs in the Hawaiian waters.

Founded in 1980 and based in Maui, Hawaii, the Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-governmental organization that has been at the forefront of whale research and public education, striving to safeguard the marine environment and prevent the destruction of Humpback whale populations and other aquatic species in the region.

Kaiao stands as a testament to BRIX Marine’s unwavering commitment to creating vessels that are not only technologically advanced but also deeply dedicated to environmental stewardship. With an overall length of 30 feet (9.1 meters) and a beam of 11 feet (3.35 meters), the vessel boasts an aluminum hull construction that ensures both durability and environmental consciousness throughout its lifespan.


Powered by 2 x Suzuki outboard engines, Kaiao promises exceptional performance, enabling smooth and efficient operations in the Hawaiian waters. To facilitate marine research and observation, the vessel is equipped with cutting-edge equipment, including a Garmin radar system. Furthermore, the addition of a viewing platform, a drone launching/landing platform, and a bow pulpit underlines BRIX Marine’s commitment to providing Pacific Whale Foundation with a comprehensive marine research tool.

Captain – Chief Scientist Jens Currie expressed, “The vessel handles well and I love the boat. Now having 200 hours on it, I can confidently say that it’s custom-built to fit our needs, and it has worked out incredibly well, making research a lot easier.”

Kaiao can accommodate up to 8 crew members, ensuring a seamless collaboration among researchers, scientists, and educators aboard the vessel. The vessel’s spacious design and advanced equipment will empower the PWF team to conduct in-depth studies and educational programs, furthering their mission to protect and conserve marine life.

Pacific Whale Foundation will use Kaiao for many vital initiatives, including marine research, wildlife observation, educational tours, and conservation efforts, amplifying their efforts to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem in Hawaii. This vessel will serve as a beacon of hope for vulnerable species, symbolizing the dedication of both BRIX Marine and Pacific Whale Foundation to safeguarding marine life for generations to come.

“As an organization deeply committed to making a positive difference in the world, we are honored to have partnered with Pacific Whale Foundation in crafting the remarkable Kaiao,” said Perry Knudson, Managing Director at BRIX Marine. “Our collaboration with PWF exemplifies our vision of supporting noble causes through advanced marine technology, and we are proud to contribute to their mission of marine conservation.”


With the successful completion of Kaiao, BRIX Marine reaffirms its position as the go-to builder for vessels that embody innovation, environmental responsibility, and social impact. The LabCat portfolio continues to thrive as an embodiment of the latest advancements in marine research vessels, with Kaiao joining the ranks of our renowned creations.

For more information on Pacific Whale Foundation and their remarkable initiatives, please visit their website at

About BRIX Marine: BRIX Marine is a leading name in the maritime industry, driven by a passion for innovation, sustainability, and excellence. With a diverse portfolio of custom vessels tailored to meet unique client needs, BRIX Marine continues to make waves as a trailblazer in marine research and conservation.