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.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.