Research Vessel Paragon Cruise Planning


Preparing for a cruise

  • A pre-cruise plan must be submitted. Plan must identify a captain and a shore contact.
  • Current authorized operators are: Coenen, Figurski, Fitzgerald, Haddock, Hobson, Jones, Kieft, Massion, Rienecker, and Wahl.
  • Contact Michael Kelly with any operator questions or comments.
  • The max load is 8 people.
  • Any participants that are not MBARI staff must sign the Visiting Participants Release Form. This is an absolute requirement and violations may result in revocation of the operator’s status as a Paragon Captain.
  • Cruises that exceed the allowable area, or time of operation (see section V of Operator manual link below) require special permission from the Division of Marine Operations (DMO).

Sign Up Procedure

  • MBARI employees may check for vessel availability on the ship’s calendar in Zimbra.
  • Only DMO administration and Figurski can edit the Zimbra Paragon calendar.

Float Plan

  • Captains are required to complete a float plan on the day of operations and leave it in the box on the dock house.
  • Float plan must indicate date, time of departure, time of return, operator, crew, Visiting Participant’s Release Forms, on-board cell phone and shore contact information.
  • Float plan forms are available on the R/V Paragon website and on the vessel.
  • A cruise plan must be submitted prior to departure.  For cruises that require special permissions, it is recommended that the cruise plan be submitted 15 business days in advance.

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