Marine Institute

Vessel User Information

This page contains information to help chief scientists and survey participants prepare for an upcoming survey. 

Survey Planning System

The Survey Planning System (SPS) is an online application used to assist vessel users, crew and shore staff with survey planning.  It is used to share information about the survey's activities, scientific crew, equipment, logistics and sailing instructions between the various parties.  

Chief Scientists should contact rv [at] marine [dot] ie (Subject: SPS Login Required) (Research Vessel Operations) to get access to SPS

Required Seafaring Certificates

ENG 11 Medical Cert:  All scientists boarding our research vessels must present an original Seafarer's Medical (ENG 11) certificate on boarding the vessel.  ENG 11 certificates are valid for 2 years from date of issue.  For further information and a list of approved doctors in Ireland, download the Marine Notice No. 38, July 2014 (Doc 192kb)

Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Cert:  All scientists joining the research vessels must also complete a Personal Survival Techniques (PST) course in advance of the survey and present the original certificate when joining the vessel.  PST certificates are valid for 5 years from date of issue.  Download the list of Approved Training Course Providers (Word, 107kb) for contact details of course providers. 

Some scientists joining the Celtic Explorer will be required to undertake further training in Ships Security Awareness.  This will be discussed with the Chief Scientist at the planning stage.    

For more information regarding the required certificates, download the following document - Required Seafaring Certificates ( Word, 605kb).

Vessel Users' Guidelines and Checklist

The downloadable documents below contain guidelines for survey participants on the RV Celtic Voyager and RV Celtic Explorer.

Celtic Explorer Vessel User Guidelines 2017 (PDF, 1603kb)

Celtic Voyager Vessel User Guidelines 2017 (PDF, 584kb)

Survey Checklist Celtic Explorer  (Word doc, 193kb)

Survey Checklist Celtic Voyager (Word doc, 196kb)

Undertaking research in Marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)Dolphin Alongside the Celtic Explorer

Conducting marine scientific research within Special Areas of Conservations is subject to permit from the National Parks and Wildlife Service

Researchers conducting surveys on Irish vessels should review the code of practice (pdf, 106kb) for undertaking marine scientific research within these areas and complete and submit the form entitled 'Application Form to Conduct Marine Scientific Research at Irish Coral Reef Special Areas of Conservation (pdf, 60kb)' to the National Parks and Wildlife service.  Further details are available at NPWS.

Application to Undertake Research in Foreign Waters

If it is intended to conduct all or part of a sMap of Irish Watersurvey in foreign waters, then an 'Application to Conduct Scientific Research in Foreign Waters' for the country in question must be completed and sent to rv [at] marine [dot] ie ( target: ) (Research Vessel Operations) for processing. 

The application form must be submitted through diplomatic channels via the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.  Six months notice is required.  Blank application forms for the UK and France are available to download below and application forms for other countries are available from Research Vessel Operations.

Celtic Explorer Application form to conduct research in UK Waters (Word, 111kb)

Celtic Voyager Application Form to conduct research in UK Waters (Word, 111kb)

Celtic Explorer Application form to conduct research in French waters (Word,53kb)

Celtic Voyager Application Form to Conduct Research in French Waters (Word 46kb)

 If you have a query regarding your survey which hasn't been covered on this page, please contact a member of rv [at] marine [dot] ie ( target: ) (Research Vessel Operations) and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.