Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Operations
Vessels and Vehicles
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R/V Western Flyer
is a small water-plane area twin hull (SWATH) oceanographic research vessel measuring 35.6m long and 16.2m wide. It was designed and constructed for MBARI to serve as the support vessel for ROV Doc Ricketts. Her missions include the Monterey Bay as well as extended cruises to Hawaii, Gulf of California and the Pacific Northwest.

R/V Rachel Carson is the replacement vessel for R/V Point Lobos and R/V Zephyr as part of MBARI's fleet renewal process. She is a multi-purpose vessel for MBARI's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Ventana, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) programs, and Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) sampling.

Research Vessel Paragon


R/V Paragon allows researchers to access near coastal waters reliably, quickly and inexpensively.

ROV Ventana is a hydraulic vehicle that was built for MBARI in 1988 by International Submarine Engineering. The specifications for Ventana were developed by David Packard and the original core group of scientists and engineers at MBARI. The vehicle can dive to 1500m and includes a standard suite of instruments, cameras, data collection sensors, a high definition camera, and animal collection devices. Since 1988, ROV Ventana has completed over 2500 dives.

ROV Doc Ricketts

ROV Doc Ricketts is MBARI's next generation ROV developed at SMD. The system breaks new ground in providing an integrated unmanned submersible research platform, with many powerful features providing efficient, reliable and precise sampling and data collection in a wide range of missions.


DMO operates the Dorado AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). The AUV is deployed weekly in the Monterey Bay for CTD and other midwater instrumentation. The AUV can be configured with modular sections to add battery capability and other scientific sensor options.



Last updated: Mar. 05, 2013