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 and Medical History 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, Visitor Release form, 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.

At Sea

Research Vessel Western Flyer
Research Vessel Rachel Carson
Research Vessel Paragon
Emergencies and contacts
Onboard cruise log
Policies and operating guidelines
Cruise planning
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
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
Safety Management System
Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
R/V Rachel Carson cruise planning
R/V Paragon cruise planning
Marine operations policies
Remotely operated vehicles
ROV Ventana
ROV Doc Ricketts
Mini remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
Autonomous underwater vehicles
Gulper autonomous underwater vehicle
Seafloor mapping AUV
Long-range autonomous underwater vehicle Tethys
Investigations of imaging for midwater autonomous platforms
Benthic Rover
Autonomous surface vehicles
Wave Glider
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
2016 Expeditions
2015 Expeditions
2014 Expeditions
2013 Expeditions
2012 Expeditions
Cabled observatory
About MARS
MARS contacts
MARS science experiments
How to connect to MARS
MARS contacts
How to interface
MARS site description
MARS instrument deployment
MARS biology
MARS technology
MARS connector wiring
MARS node description
More ocean observatory resources
Local notice to mariners
Mooring data
Research tools
Administration & planning
Cruise planning
Marine operations technicians
Marine operations policies