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Small Vessel Inventory
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Updated 26May2021
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The Small Research Vessel Inventory includes small research vessels from 35 feet to 135 feet located at UNOLS institutions. The main purpose of this inventory is to assist researchers in finding the best platform for their science. Each entry contains, at a minimum, the vessel's name, length, location and point of contact.
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The listing of these vessels does not certify that they are UNOLS-approved, but rather that they are available for scientific programs. These smaller vessels need to meet the criteria established by NSF (see Guidance for Chartering Vessels outside US ARF (non-UNOLS vessels)) for use with federal funding support. A UNOLS Marine Superintendent is approved to do the inspection of these boats to make sure they have the appropriate safety gear on board.
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STATEVESSELLOA (ft)OPERATORWebsitePOCPhoneEmailUSEYEAR BUILT
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AlaskaNANUQ40'University of Alaska - Seward Marine Centerhttps://www.uaf.edu/cfos/about-us/locations/seward/Capt. Brian Mullaly 907-224-4393bmullaly@alaska.eduNear-Coastal: Multipurpose, coastal biological and oceanographic sampling2019
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BermudaHENERY M. STOMMEL41'Bermuda Institute for Ocean Scienceshttp://www.bios.edu/research/facilities/smalAlex Hunter Small Boats Manager1-297-1880-245alex.hunter@bios.edu
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CaliforniaYELLOWFIN76'Southern California Marine Institutehttp://www.scmi.net/rv-yellowfin/Carrie Wolfe Vessel Scheduling310-519-3172Carrie.wolfe@csulb.edu Multi-purpose
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JOHN H. MARTIN56'Moss Landing Marine Labshttps://www.mlml.calstate.edu/marineops/rv-john-h-martin/Capt. John Douglas831-771-4122douglas@mlml.calstate.eduMulti-purpose: trawling, bottom sampling, hydrographic sampling, side scanning, limited geophysical surveying, dive operations and bird/mammal surveys.1985
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QUESTUARY38'San Francisco Stat Universityhttps://marineops.sfsu.edu/content/about-rv-questuaryDavid Bell415-819-3510dbell@sfsu.eduMulti-purpose: San Francisco Bay exclusive1975
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RACHEL CARSON135'Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institutehttps://www.mbari.org/at-sea/ships/rv-rachel-carson/Teresa Cardoza831-775-1933terri@mbari.orgCoastal: Deploy ROV, AUVs, M-Class mooring, instruments packages1993
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WESTERN FLYER117'Coastal: ROV operations
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PARAGON36'Near Coastal: deploy AUVs, wave gliders, small moorings, instruments, dive ops1993
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CORAL SEA90'Humboldt State Universityhttp://www.hsumarinelab.org/coralsea/Capt. Scott Martin707-599-2147rsm31@humboldt.eduMulti-purpose:
Box cores, dredges, nets
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ConneticutCONNECTICUT90'University of Connecticuthttps://marinesciences.uconn.edu/vesselops/Turner Cabaniss Marine Operations Manager860-405-9178turner.cabaniss@uconn.eduMultipurpose Coastal:
ROV operations, moorings, dynamic positioning
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LOWELL WEICKER36'Multipurpose Coastal
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DelawareJOANNE DAIBER46'University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environmenthttps://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/ceoe/research/marine-operations/Jon Swallow302-396-8565jswallow@udel.eduMultipurpose (A-frame, winch, side scan sonar, AUV support, ample deck and cabin space for other equipment)2014
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FloridaRAY MCALLISTER36'Florida Atlantic Universityhttp://www.ome.fau.edu/labs-centers/research_vessel.phpRobert Coulson954-924–7228rcoulson@fau.eduMulti-purpose
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W.T. HOGARTH78'Florida Institute of OceanographyJavad Hashemi561-297–3438jhashemi@fau.edu
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WEATHER-BIRD II115'https://www.marine.usf.edu/research/research-vessels/Rob Walker727-553-1100robwalker@usf.eduOcean-going Multi-purpose
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APALACHEE63'Florida State University https://marinelab.fsu.edu/marine-ops/apalachee/Capt. Matt Edwards850-697-1016medwards@fsu.eduMultipurpose2012
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Durene Gilbert850-697-4095degilbert@fsu.edu
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GeorgiaGEORGIA BULLDOG72'University of Georgia Marine Extension https://gacoast.uga.edu/about/contact-us/rv-georgia-bulldog/Bryan Fluech912-264-7269fluech@uga.eduMulti-purpose fisheries vessel1977
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SEA DAWG43'University of Georgia Marine Extension https://gacoast.uga.edu/education/schools-and-groups/planning-a-visit/Capt. Todd Recicar912-661-0771trecicar@uga.eduMultipurpose (Education/Outreach/Research) coastal: A-frame, winch, trawling, grabs, small moorings, sonar, deck and cabin space, 3-4 bunks1980
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HawaiiKA'IMIKAI-O-KANALOA222'University of Hawaiihttp://www.soest.hawaii.edu/UMC/cms/vessels/Ross Barnes- Port Operations Manager808-842-9815pom@soest.hawaii.eduMulti-purpose Oceanographic, support ship for submersibles1978 Retrofit = 1992-93
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LousianaACADIANA58'Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium https://lumcon.edu/rv-acadiana/Joe Malbrough- Marine Superintendent985-851-2808jmalbrough@lumcon.eduOcean Service Limited Multi-purposeRetrofit 2017
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MaineIRA C.42'University of Maine Darling Marine Centerhttps://dmc.umaine.edu/facilities/research-vessels/Capt. Robbie Downs207-563-8306 207-581-5306rldowns@maine.eduMultipurpose Coastal2000
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MarylandRACHEL CARSON81'University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciencehttps://www.umces.edu/research-fleetCapt. Michael Hulme Director of Marine Operations410-326-7358 410-610-7725hulme@umces.eduMultipurpose Estuarine and near-Coastal: dredging, trawling, coring, water quality, plankton sampling, buoy deployment2008
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MassachusettsTIOGA60'Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutionhttps://www.whoi.edu/what-we-do/explore/ships/ships-tioga/Capt. Peter Collins508-289-3322pcollins@whoi.eduMultipurpose Coastal2004 Repowered: 2019
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LUCKY LADY50'University of Massachusetts Dartmouthhttps://www.umassd.edu/smast/about/research-vessel/Jefferson Turner, Port Capt.508-910-6332jturner@umassd.edu
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MichiganAGASSIZ36'Michigan Technological Universityhttps://www.mtu.edu/greatlakes/fleet/agassiz/Jamey Anderson Coordinator of Marine Operations906-487-2914jameya@mtu.eduMulti-purpose2002
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MississippiTOMMY MUNRO97'University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratoryhttps://gcrl.usm.edu/research_vessels/tommy.munro.research.vessel.phpTiffany McNeese228-872-4277tiffany.mcneese@usm.eduOff-shore Multi-purpose: trawling surveys, long-lining, deployment and recovery of arrays, structures, buoys and moorings, cable laying and sea/shore interface installation, submarine and diverless systems support, seismic research, camera platform and tracking assignments, oceanographic surveys and logistics, and diving support.1981
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JIM FRANKS60'Off-shore Multi-purpose: trawling for fish, shrimp, and other bottom dwelling marine life; dolphin watching; trips to the barrier islands; water quality testing; vertical and bottom long-lining for shark and reef species.2016
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HERMES38'Trawling, observation/collection1955
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New HampshireGULF CHALLENGER50'University of New Hampshirehttps://marine.unh.edu/facility/rv-gulf-challengerCaptain Bryan Soares603-781-0254bsoares@unh.eduEstuarine and coastal research work and educational activities1993
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GULF SURVEYOR48'Captain Matthew Rowell603-862-0273ben@ccom.unh.eduHydrographic2016
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New JerseyARABELLA48'Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biologic Scienceshttps://marine.rutgers.edu/about-us/facilities/r-v-arabella/Capt. Chip Haldeman848-932-3295haldeman@marine.rutgers.eduMultipurpose near-Coastal: trawling, grab sampling, diving, seismic profiling, coring, AUV operations1996
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PETREL36'Stockton University Marine Field Station http://www.stockton.edu/marine/marine-vessels.htmlSteve Evert Field Station Manager609-652-4486marinefieldstation@stockton.eduMultipurpose estuarine and near-coastal2015
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New YorkSEAWOLF80'University of Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences https://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/about/facilities/researchvessels/rv-seawolf/Mark Wiggins 631-632-8677Mark.wiggins@stonybrook.eduMultipurpose1982
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PAUMANOK44'Capt. Chris Harter516-666-0569Christian.harter@stonybrook.eduNear Offshore Multipurpose1986
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PECONIC45'Brian Gagliardi631-356-5769Brian.gagliardi@stonybrook.eduProtected Bays and Rivers Multipurpose2004
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JOHN M. KINGSBURY47'Shoals Marine Laboratoryhttps://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/facilities-and-vesselsRoss Hansen603-862-0046rbh@cornell.eduNear Offshore Multi-purposeN/A
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Mike Rosen603-862-1546 (603-964-9011 May – September)Msr222@cornell.edu
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WILLIAM SCANDLING65'Hobart and William Smith Collegeshttp://www.hws.edu/fli/sos_scandling.aspxBarbara Halfman315-781-3606bhalfman@hws.eduMulti-purpose1976
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North CarolinaMARTECH I53'Cape Fear Community Collegehttps://cfcc.edu/marine-technology/vessels/Capt. Brian Jeno- Marine Superintendent910-362-7621bjeno@cfcc.eduMultipurpose Intracoastal & Rivers2000
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SHEARWATER77'Duke University- Nicholas School of the Environmenthttps://nicholas.duke.edu/news/our-classroom-sea-rv-shearwaterRebecca Smith- Associate Director Duke Marine Lab252-504-7508Rebecca.s.smith@duke.eduMultipurpose2019
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SEAHAWK35'Center for Marine Science - University of North Carolina at Wilmingtonhttps://uncw.edu/cms/facilitiesrvseahawk.htmlCapt. Steve Hall910-962-2558halls@uncw.edu Fisheries, Diving, SamplingN/A
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Jay Styron(Asst. Director Marine Ops)910-962-2404styron@uncw.edu
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OregonELAKHA54'Oregon State Universityhttps://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/elakha/Kaya Johnson- Marine Superintendent541-867-0225Kaya.johnson@oregonstate.eduMulti-purpose2000
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PACIFIC STORM84'Oregon State University
Marine Mammal Institute
http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/research-vesselsMark Wilke541-867-0288mark.wilke@oregonstate.eduCoastal: Multi-purposeN/A
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Rhode IslandCAP'N BERT53'University of Rhode Islandhttps://web.uri.edu/bert/Barbara Somers401-874-2012bsomers@uri.edu General, Small Boat Ops.1982
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TexasKATY57'University of Texas Marine Science Institutehttps://utmsi.utexas.edu/research/research-vesselsSalvador Rojas361-749-6760salvadorr@austin.utexas.eduClassic trawler hull with A-frame at stern for Marine Science Education, near coastal and estuarine general use1981
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EARL L. MILAN47'Texas A & M University- Galvestonhttps://www.tamug.edu/VesselOperationsOffice/TAMUG_Vessel_Fleet/Earl_Milan.htmlVessel Operations Office409-740-4477waterfront@tamug.eduMulti-purposeN/A
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VirginiaVIRGINIA93'Virginia Institute of Marine Sciencehttps://www.vims.edu/research/facilities/vessels/rv_virginia/index.phpStewart Lamerdin- Director of Marine Ops804-684-7279slamerdin@vims.eduMulti-Purpose: Dynamic Positioning2018
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TIDEWATER43'Multi-PurposeN/A
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BAY EAGLE65'Multi-purpose, Trawling, dredging, longliningN/A
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FAY SLOVER55'Old Dominion Universityhttps://www.odu.edu/oeas/vessels/sloverDepartment of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences757-683-4285 https://www.odu.edu/oeasMulti-Purpose, Hydrography, MeteorologyN/A
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WashingtonLIGHT66'University of Washington – Applied Physics Labhttp://www.apl.washington.edu/about/vessels.phpEric Boget- Principal Engineer206-685-1971boget@apl.washington.eduMulti-purpose2018
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ROBERTSON57'Multi-purpose2008
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HENDERSON70'Inland Waters: Multi-purpose
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KITTIWAKE42'University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratorieshttp://depts.washington.edu/fhl/fac_RVCentennial.htmlJakob Bueche360-920-7632Maritime@uw.eduMultipurpose, coastal biological and oceanographic sampling.2020
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WisconsinNEESKAY71'University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institutehttps://uwm.edu/freshwater/facilities/fleet/Rob Paddock- Marine Ops Manager414-382-1745rpaddock@uwm.eduBiology/Nets, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, SCUBA, ROV1953 converted 1970
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