The Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) is the home port and technical support center for the Scripps oceanographic research fleet. MarFac can berth up to seven ships at a time, plus the research platform FLIP, along our 110-meter finger pier and 85-meter quay wall, with complete support for cold-iron berthing including power, potable water, telecoms, broadband, and other vital utilities.
The berthing facilities -- wharf, pier, and all utilities -- are being completely revitalized during 2015 to enable the next century of ocean research. Check out time-lapse videos of the reconstruction of the wharf and pier (links are to the right).
Located on nearly six acres on Point Loma in San Diego Bay, MarFac serves as the logistical and technical support hub for Scripps's worldwide ocean research program. The administrative offices of our Ship Operations & Marine Technical Support are located at MarFac, along with with machine shops, instrument repair and calibration facilities, scientific staging and short-term storage areas, shipping/receiving facilities and a host of other specialized capabilities that support Scripps ocean research around the globe.
In addition to research vessels from Scripps, MarFac proudly supports other vessels in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) when they visit San Diego.
Please note that access to the waterfront areas at the Nimitz Marine Facility is restricted. For more information, check out access restrictions at the Nimitz Marine Facility.