Voice and data communications are available between ships and shore. These change from time to time as improved technologies and more cost-effective service plans arise. We attempt to keep the following information current, but if in doubt please contact the Marine Facility (858-534-1641) or Shipboard Technical Support (858-534-2434).

Click here to contact a vessel at sea by telephone.

Email communications and web access at sea

Email is available on a near real-time basis 24 hours per day and is the primary and preferred method of contact for business and personal purposes.

Broadband internet communications are conducted by Scripps-operated research vessels at sea via several independent satellite and cellular systems. On the high seas, the primary system is the Scripps HiSeasNet, which provides nearly continuous internet connectivity worldwide.  Costs for satellite broadband internet communications are included in the vessel day rate, and no additional charges are incurred for web or email communications on board.

Email accounts: Shipboard scientists may send and receive email using their land-based account while at sea. This can be easily configured when you arrive on the ship. For additional information, send an email message to the Computing Resources Group.

Reaching key individuals at sea: The master of each ship may be reached using one of these email aliases:

Caveat emptor:  Satellite communications systems are subject to failure at sea.  Communications cannot occur for instance when the antenna's view of the satellite is blocked by the ship's superstructure, which happens on some ship headings.