Cruise planning –
departure/arrival time policies


R/V Western Flyer

  • Members of the science party should board the vessel at least one hour prior to departure.
  • The R/V Western Flyer schedule tries to hold to a standard 0800 to 1700 schedule.  However, due to tidal restrictions, departure and arrival times may vary. Therefore, scientists should not plan to conduct a 12-hour science day on departure and arrival days.

R/V Rachel Carson

  • Standard 10-hour day
    • Departure and arrival times:
      An average science day is 0700 to 1630. Please arrive at the dock by 0630.
  • Extended 12-hour days
    An extended day is generally 0600 to 1730. Science personnel should be onboard by 0530.
  • Night / 24-hour Operations
    • Must be requested and approved in advance via the project proposal process.
    • Extended operations need to be assigned to specific dates in the calendar year.
    • Departure and arrival times for night operations are typically determined by safety, scientific, weather, personnel, and transit time considerations.

At Sea

Research Vessel Western Flyer
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
ROV dive time definitions
RHIB operations
ROV users checklist
Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
Research Vessel Rachel Carson
R/V Rachel Carson cruise planning
Research Vessel Paragon
Emergencies and contacts
Onboard documents and logs
Policies and operating guidelines
Marine operations policies
Departure/arrival times
Early departure
Elevator payload limits
Equipment design guidelines
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
Marine operations policies
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