After recent difficulties working in foreign ports, the funding agencies felt it important for scientists and operators within the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) to work together to take a closer look at these complex operations. The UNOLS Logistics Working Group, comprised of scientists, operators and funding agency representatives, reviewed current policies and sticking points around working in foreign ports and obtaining marine research clearances (MRC). The summary of their findings and their recommendations can be found in the UNOLS White Paper on Proposing, Planning, and Executing Logistics involved in Oceanographic Field Operations in Foreign Waters and Ports (link below) along with its Appendix 1-Detailed Recommendations and Considerations for Working in Foreign Ports and Obtaining Marine Science Research Clearances.
A presentation by Clare Reimers
The UNOLS Small Research Vessel Inventory includes small research vessels from 35 feet to 100 feet located at UNOLS institutions. The main purpose of this inventory is to assist researchers in finding the best platform for their science. Each entry contains, at a minimum, the vessel's name, length, location and point of contact.
This inventory of small research vessels has been organized by geographic region. The listing of these vessels does not certify that they are UNOLS-approved, but rather that they are available for scientific programs. These smaller vesels need to meet the criteria established by NSF (see Guidelines for Use of Non-UNOLS Facilities and Equipment) for use with federal funding support. A UNOLS Marine Superintendent is approved to do the inspection of these boats to make sure they have the appropriate safety gear on board.