Call for 2022 and 2023 Ship-time Applications Now Open

Call for 2022 and 2023 Ship-time Applications Now Open21 June 2021: Applications are currently being accepted for ship-time in 2022 and 2023 for the National Research Vessels.

We are delighted to be able to offer the new research vessel, the RV Tom Crean in addition to the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager in 2022. The RV Tom Crean, currently under construction is expected to be operational in mid-2022 and will replace the RV Celtic Voyager.

The ROV Holland I as well as the Marine Institute's Slocum Gliders; "Laochra na Mara" and "Aisling na Mara" are also offered.

Applications for ship-time for 2022 and 2023 on the RV Tom Crean, RV Celtic Explorer and the RV Celtic Voyager and the ROV Holland I must be submitted using Research Vessel Operations' online Survey Planning System (SPS) by Thursday 16th September 2021. Please contact Research Vessel Operations (Email: ) to obtain a username and password.

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 timing is not available, alternative dates may be offered. The Vessel Charter Guidelines should be read carefully before submitting the Ship-time application form.

Further information, technical specification and contact details for the Gliders are available on the Glider Webpage.

Applicants may seek grant-aid to cover all or part of the vessel charter costs for Research Surveys or Ship-Based Training Programmes in 2022. For information on eligibility for grant-aid and how to apply click here.

Closing Date for receipt of Grant-Aid applications is September 16th 2021 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 (Email: ) to check whether any survey slots remain for 2021 or to be notified if any dates become available.