Research Vessel Western Flyer

Research Vessel Western Flyer

MBARI’s SWATH vessel

The R/V Western Flyer is a 117-foot small water-plane area twin hull (SWATH) oceanographic research vessel designed and constructed for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). The R/V Western Flyer serves the oceanographic community as a stable platform for deploying, operating, and recovering a tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts to a depth of 4,000 meters, conducting hydro-casts (CTD), and other oceanographic activities with state-of-the-art equipment. General ROV operations are, however, the vessel’s primary mission.

Voyage profiles

Vessel operations will typically consist of three-to-seven-day voyages. Extended voyages of two to three months’ duration are planned once a year. Extended voyages are made up of several legs which vary in length up to a maximum of 12 days per leg. The R/V Western Flyer is, on occasion, temporarily redeployed to a new home port for extended voyages. Successful operations have been staged out of Honolulu, Hawaii; Newport, Oregon; Eureka, California; and La Paz, Mexico.

Crew continuity, training and role flexibility

The R/V Western Flyer has a regular crew and a shore-based support staff. The crew is trained as a team and all crew members are thoroughly familiar with the arrangement of the vessel, safety systems, operations, and equipment.

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
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ROV dive time definitions
RHIB operations
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Science party guidelines
Scuba diving
Ship to shore communications
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Push core policies and description
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ROV Doc Ricketts
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