Ship Operations at Hatfield
Marine Superintendent Kaya Johnson gives you a look behind the scenes at Oregon State University's Ship Operations. The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences operates research vessels out of the Ship Operations facility located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. The facility provides quick access to the ocean for our fleet as well as visiting vessels. In addition to our existing fleet, which includes R/V Oceanus and R/V Elakha, we are proud to be building the next generation of regional-class research vessels for the U.S. scientific fleet.


Regional Class Research Vessels: Designed for people. Designed for science. 
Oregon State University is forging the future of science by designing and delivering the next generation of ships to advance coastal science. These Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRVs) will be cutting-edge platforms that provide scientists and educators access to the marine realm. The first of three new ships we are building, which CEOAS will operate, will replace R/V Oceanus. Check out the RCVR website for more information.


RCRV Taani Under Construction
The swaths of ocean nearest our coasts provide critical resources for human communities. These areas are also among the most complex ecosystems on the planet, and the most impacted by human activities. Research vessels – ships serving as floating laboratories for ocean-going scientists – are vital tools for observing and understanding this critical ecosystem. See the latest addition to the research fleet, the RCRV Tanni under construction.


The Oceanus Photo Tour
Built in 1975, the 177-foot R/V Oceanus was designed for research expeditions lasting two to four weeks. In 1994, the ship underwent a major overhaul. Oceanus accommodates a crew of 12 and a scientific party of 13 for up to 30 days at sea. Now based in Newport after a long stint on the East Coast, the ship is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University. This video is a photo compilation of the ship stem to stern.


R/V Oceanus: The Little Ship That Could 
This video looks back at some of the voyages and scientific crews of the R/V Oceanus. Produced by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.