Apply for Ship Time

Call for 2023-2024 ship-time now open


RV Tom Crean

Applications are currently being accepted for ship-time in 2023 and 2024 for the National Research Vessels (RV Tom Crean, RV Celtic Explorer and the ROV Holland I as well as the Marine Institutes Slocum Gliders “Laochra Na Mara “and “Aisling Na Mara”.
Applications for ship-time for 2023 and 2024 on the RV Tom Crean, RV Celtic Explorer and the ROV Holland I must be submitted using Research Vessel Operations' online 'Survey Planning System' (SPS) by Thursday 22nd September 2022. Please go to Survey Planning System for more information on this system and contact Research Vessel Operations to obtain a username and password if you don't already have one.
Each application will be reviewed and the applicant will be informed as soon as possible whether the ship-time they requested is available. If the requested ship-time is not available, alternative dates may be offered. The Vessel Charter Guidelines should be read carefully before submitting the Ship-time application form.  

Applicants may seek grant-aid to cover all or part of the vessel charter costs for Research Surveys or Ship-Based Training Programmes. For information on eligibility for grant-aid and how to apply, click here
Applications are now open for grant-aid for ship-time in 2023. Closing Date for receipt of Grant-Aid applications is September 22nd 2022 by 17:00
Applicants for ship-based training are advised to consult with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART). Please contact
SMART aims to standardise and optimise ship based training for undergraduate and post-graduate students and develop nationally accredited ship-based training activities for national Higher Education.

The survey schedules CAN change during the year, therefore please contact Research Vessel Operations to check whether any survey slots remain for 2023/2024 or to be notified if any dates become available.

RV Celtic Explorer and Celtic Voyager