Research Vessel Rachel Carson


The R/V Rachel Carson started her life as an oil field supply vessel (OSV) operating in the Gulf of Mexico. After a year-long search for a replacement vessel for the R/V Point Lobos and R/V Zephyr, MBARI purchased the OSV Odyssea Team on July 19, 2011. Following a 22-day transit from La Rose, Louisiana to Alameda, California and extensive refitting, she was christened by Julie Packard on July 21, 2012 at MBARI’s open house celebration. The R/V Rachel Carson is MBARI’s coastal vessel. This multipurpose vessel is capable of supporting the ROV Ventana, multiple Dorado class AUVs, launch and recovery of M-class moorings, and many sea surface and subsea instrument packages. The R/V Rachel Carson will support MBARI science and ocean engineering efforts for many years to come.

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
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
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Wave Glider
Wave Glider-based communications hotspot
2020 Expeditions
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Cabled observatory
About MARS
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Ocean Soundscape
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MARS instrument deployment
MARS biology
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MARS node description
More ocean observatory resources
Local notice to mariners
Mooring data
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Administration & planning
Marine operations technicians