Marine operations policies

Minors at Sea

Due to MBARI insurance liability issues, minors are not allowed onboard any MBARI vessel. Minors are defined as anyone under age 18. Only MBARI employees or qualified scientists may board the institute’s vessels.

Operational Risk Assessment

Operational limits on MBARI vessels are established with risk assessments that take into account the level of training and familiarity with equipment as well as weather conditions.  Contact the Director of Marine Operations or the Captain if you have questions or concerns about weather limitations or other risk assessments.

Equipment

Hazardous materials

R/V Western Flyer

  • Cruise legs should not exceed 10 days
  • Shore side operating hours while at port are 0700-1530 five days a week. After these hours the vessel will be locked and secured from access. Before and after hours access to the vessel is not allowed without prior approval from the captain.

R/V Rachel Carson

  • Departure and Arrival Times
  • Science Party Size
  • Extended Days
  • Night Operations

At Sea

Ships
Research Vessel Western Flyer
2017 departure/arrival times
Specifications
Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Specifications
Research Vessel Paragon
Emergencies and contacts
Onboard cruise log
Policies and operating guidelines
Specifications
Cruise planning
Rates
Marine operations policies
Departure/arrival times
Early departure
Elevator payload limits
Hazardous materials
Homer beacon policies
Lab use and chemical safety
NILSPIN ™ oceanographic ropes
Push core policies and description
RHIB operations
Rigging policy
Science party size
Cruise planning
R/V Western Flyer cruise planning
Checklist of Supplies
Cruises outside home port
Data and video: formats and specifics
Departure/arrival times
early departure
Hazardous materials
Precruises and postcruises
RHIB operations
ROV dive time definitions
ROV users checklist
Safety Management System
Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
R/V Rachel Carson cruise planning
R/V Paragon cruise planning
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Rates
Marine operations policies
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Remotely operated vehicles
ROV Ventana
Specifications
Pilots
ROV Doc Ricketts
Specifications
Pilots
Mini remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Seafloor mapping AUV
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Benthic Rover
Autonomous surface vehicles
Wave Glider
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
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MARS node description
More ocean observatory resources
Rates
Local notice to mariners
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Administration & planning
Cruise planning
Marine operations technicians
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Marine operations policies