Charter A Vessel

Deploying Vibro-corer off the Celtic Explorer

Both our research vessels and the deepwater ROV are available for charter to research & commercial organisations throughout the world.  Over the past 10 years the Marine Institute has built a very successful track record for providing the vessels to other European research organisations as well as commercial bodies in the oil and gas, energy and telecommunications sectors. 

For certain applications we can offer complete 'turn-key' marine survey solutions, which include the provision of the vessel(s), crew, surveyors and equipment.  Post survey services include data analysis and interpretation, environmental analyses and the production of final survey reports. 


Services Provided to the Marine Sector include:


• Bathymetric surveys
• ROV/ Deepwater habitat surveys
• Geophysical surveys
• OBS based seismic surveys
• Analogue and digital geo-hazard site surveys
• High resolution 2D seismic surveys
• Pipeline and cable route surveys (acoustic and work class ROV)
• Pipe inspection surveys (acoustic and ROV)
• Platform/Jacket inspections with ROV
• Geotechnical surveys
• Environmental monitoring and baseline surveys
• Metocean deployments/recovery



Previous clients include:

• Fisheries research service Scotland (FRS)
• University of Bremen
• University of Hamburg
• Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
• UN Food and Agriculture organisation
• IFM - Geomar
• Bundesamt fur Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH, Germany)
• Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR, GermanyJ)
• Marathon Oil Ltd
• PSE Kinsale Energy
• Island Oil and Gas PLC
• Lundin Exploration BV
• Providence Resources PLC
• EcoServe Ltd
• RPS Energy
• Woodside Energy (Ireland) Pty Ltd
• ESB International
• CFER , Memorial University, Newfoundland
• National Oceanography centre
• UK Met Office

  • For charter rates and quotes for marine survey projects, please contact  Aodhán Fitzgerald, Research Vessel Operations on +353-91-387470, or email

 Recovering UWTV SledCeltic Explorer at Sunset