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A number of vessels are available for both inshore and offshore research activities. Most are owned and maintained by the Marine Science department but are available for booking by other groups. A limited number of boats are available from other departments.  While bookings are called for in September of each year, we try hard to accommodate later bookings when we can.

RV Polaris II

RV Polaris II has a range of 1,000 nautical miles and regularly makes trips to the sub-antarctic islands. It provides diving support (including tank refilling), winches, trawling, water column chemistry & oceanography, research quality GPS positioning, a wireless computer network, and a wet laboratory.

The RV Polaris II has its own webpage with information and details of how to book.Polaris Pegasus Smith

Smaller vessels

The RV Beryl Brewin and the Tawera are suitable for inshore activities. The Beryl Brewin has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers; the Tawera has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers.

The Naiad and the Typhoon serve Deep Cove, Stewart Island and southern field sites while the Moki (4 passengers maximum) is suited for use within the Otago Harbour.

These smaller vessels are usually moored at Portobello Marine Laboratory.