Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

The MARS Ocean Observatory Testbed

MARS User Rates

MARS User Costs (not covered by MARS Operations and Management)


MARS users must budget for ship costs, cable, connectors and interface electronics if necessary. MBARI has developed a MARS Science Port Interface that will simplify interfacing new and existing equipment to MARS. The interface design is available at no charge to users. MARS users are encouraged to use the MARS manager as a resource in planning their proposal.

A MARS proposal may include a request for technical support and ship or ROV support from MBARI, or it can request UNOLS vessels/ submersibles or other resources. An example of services available "at cost" from MBARI is provided in the following table: (Rates effective April, 2012. Daily totals are based on an 8-hour day.)

Labor

Maximum
Federal
Hourly

Commercial
Hourly

Diver

$146

$219

Marine Operations Technician

$97

$145

Ocean Observatory Technician

$110

$165

Machinist

$98

$148

Engineer Support

$173

$259

Engineer Technician

$148

$223

AUV Planning & First Cut Editing

$148

$222
AUV Comprehensive Data Product Rate

$107

$161

Amounts include 57% fringe and 51% overhead.
Rates are subject to change.

Test tank rate: $450 per day



2012 Vessel and Vehicle Rates

Vessel/Vehicle

NSF/MBARI
daily rates

Commercial daily rates

Standby

R/V Western Flyer only $20,700 $31,050 n/a
R/V Western Flyer /
ROVDoc Ricketts
$29,200 $43,800 n/a
R/VRachel Carson/ ROV Ventana $18,800
10-hour day
$28,200
10-hour day
n/a
R/V Rachel Carson/ ROV Ventana $21,400
12-hour day
$32,100
12-hour day
n/a
R/VRachel Carson only $12,100 $18,150 $9,075
R/V Zephyr only $5,800
10-hour day
$8,700
10-hour day
$4,350
R/V Zephyr / AUV $13,900
10-hour day

$20,850
10-hour day

n/a
R/V Zephyr only

$7,000
24-hour day

$10,500
24-hour day
$5,250
R/V Zephyr / AUV

$17,000
24-hour day

$25,500
24-hour day

n/a
AUV only $8,100
10-hour day
$12,150
10-hour day
n/a
AUV only $10,000
24-hour day

$15,000
24-hour day

n/a



Science port use cost

MARS is available to several different funding organizations, including but not limited to: NSF, ONR, NOAA, NASA, DOE, DOD and foreign oceanographic funding agencies. Each of the organizations will benefit from the availability of MARS as an ocean science and technology test site.

Upon inception of the MARS facility, NSF and MARS agreed that the MARS O&M costs should be distributed fairly to the actual users and NSF should not bear the full burden of the ongoing operations and maintenance costs. To achieve this objective MARS charges a minimal fee for each project either funded by NSF or to those whose objective is to develop technology for OOI observatories using one of the eight MARS ports. The intent of this fee is to help pay for maintenance and other costs. MARS also requires a fee equaling a fair share of the operational costs from other U.S. government funding agencies to use MARS, as these agencies may have objectives not directly linked to NSF or OOI. Additionally, the monthly fee encourages MARS users to cycle through their testing at a reasonable pace to allow for other technologies to be tested using the limited number of MARS science ports.

The MARS science port fee rate will be governed by annual discussions with the UNOLS Observatory Oversight Committee with dual objectives of providing a repair reserve and regulating the rate of MARS user science port use.

The MBARI/NSF rate is $1000.00 per month. All other organizations using MARS will be charged $5000.00 per month. This charge begins the day the instrument receives power from MARS and ends on the day MARS power is turned off to the instrument. Partial months will be prorated.

Last updated: Aug. 29, 2012