The Role of FIC in Fleet Planning
Periodically evaluate the state of the UNOLS Fleet as well as science research
directions to determine future facility needs:
Develop/Update SMRs to address
Initiate the Conceptual Design
When appropriate, request that institutions and/or consortium initiate
ship refits/replacement efforts. FIC will work with these groups to assure
that science mission needs are adequately addressed.
FIC will work with institutions to review and advise on plans for vessel
refit, replacement, or acquisition.
FIC will keep abreast of non-UNOLS facilities to determine if these assets
would offer an added capability to the UNOLS Fleet. When appropriate, FIC
will recommend to institutions owning these facilities that they consider
applying for UNOLS vessel status.