Ship Rates

Explanation of usage rates

Research vessel usage rates are calculated to include crew, fuel, food, standard shipboard technical services and limited port logistics. To obtain a quote for ship rates and discuss ship availability, contact Scripps's Ship Scheduling Office.

Smallest billable unit

Ship use is charged per operating day, which is any calendar day or fractional calendar day at sea, or in any port other than the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility.  This billing practice is consistent with the policy of UNOLS (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System).

Departure and arrival times: Roger Revelle and Sally Ride

For ports in the United States, our vessels depart at 0800 and arrive at 1600.

For all other ports, SIO vessels depart at 1600 and arrive at 0800.

Departure and arrival times: Robert Gordon Sproul

R/V Robert G. Sproul is billed on a 24-hour day basis (as opposed to a calendar day basis), with a one day minimum.

For example, a trip that departs San Diego at 0800 and returns the following calendar day at 0700 will be billed for one day's use. 

For any questions please call the SIO Ship Scheduling Office (858) 534-2841.

Bruce Appelgate, PhD
Associate Director, SIO

Steve Carter
Manager, Office of  Contract and Grant Administration, SIO