Hire of Research Vessels

Our multidisciplinary oceanographic research vessels are available to charter by marine organisations operating both within the UK and internationally.

At the National Oceanography Centre, we are expanding our horizons and looking to collaborate with other oceanographic institutions, businesses and enterprises. Our research ships are available to charter for scientific expeditions and research at a competitive day rate.

Charter of our ships is an attractive option for businesses working in the marine sector enabling the use of our facilities for specific data acquisition relating to their industry. Vessels can be fitted with equipment from the National Oceanography Centre and we are able to provide highly experienced crew and technicians to aid you in your research. Examples of the kind of research our vessels are available for include (but are not limited to) seismics, surveying and oceanographic research.

Full specifications for both of our research vessels can be downloaded here. If you are interested in chartering one of our ships, we are happy to discuss your requirements and provide quotations. We can also provide assistance with logistical planning for both grant and contract applications

Quality assurance – all of our vessels are MCA certified. All equipment and quality is tested and certified before hire, including load testing where applicable.

Download the leaflet Royal Research Ships for charter (pdf).