Scientific Diving

The Scientific Diving Program for Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS) was established in 1990 to support scientific research and control diving activities conducted under the auspices of this institution. The Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), an organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific diving through the promotion of comprehensive training and educational programs.

R/V ARABELLA is a 48 ft. (14.6 meter) fiberglass research vessel built in 1996 by Duffy and Duffy Custom Yacht, Brookline, Maine. Designed for near shore operations i.e. coastal to 50 miles offshore, the vessel is capable of supporting a wide range of scientific needs such as trawling, grab sampling, diving, seismic profiling, coring, AUV operations, etc.

R/V CALETA is a 30 ft. (9 meter) aluminum vessel built in 1991 by Winninghoff Boats Inc., Rowley, MA. The R/V CALETA is designed for near shore (up to 15 nm) and estuarine operations. The vessel is adaptable to a wide range of scientific needs such as trawling, benthic sampling, SCUBA diving, seismic profiling, coring as well as a host of other interests and needs.

The REMUS is designed to perform hydrographic reconnaissance in the Very Shallow Water (VSW) zone from the 40’ to 10’ depth curve. The system is comprised of the vehicle and auxiliary equipment to support its mission and maintenance, as well as software programs for pre-mission programming, and post mission data analysis.

*Download the Vessel Operations and Safety Manual, which includes Ship Policies & Procedures and forms including Request for Vessel Time, Shipboard Scientific Personnel, and Float Plan.

Information on our smaller research vessels can be found under Facilities.