Vessel Fleet Overview

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) operates vessels that are utilized by member institutions and the wider marine science community to further scientific research on the Gulf of Mexico, its ecology, marine life and sustainability. The information gleaned from the studies assist in monitoring not only the Gulf of Mexico, but also the world’s deepwater and coastal oceans and many facets of marine life.

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Vessel Fleet

Location Purpose Notable Facts
13' Whaler Visit the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Takes up to 2 sknorkelers or 2 divers plus gear in the bay-side only 3 miles of KML Cruising speed 15 mph
R/V Diodon Visit the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Takes up to 22 snorkelers or 10 divers plus gear within a 100 mile range of port. Cruising speed 24 knots (20 gph)
R/V Mola Mola Visit the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Takes 11 snorkelers or 5 divers & gear, plus captain within a 250 mile range of port. Cruising speed 22 knots (15 gph)
R/V Nari Nari Visit the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Takes 4 snorkelers or 2 divers with 4 tanks, plus captain within a 100 mile range of port. Cruising speed 20 mph (5 gph)
R/V Opah Visit the Keys Marine Laboratory (KML) Takes 9 snorkelers or 5 divers plus captain within a range of 200 miles. Cruising speed 25 knots (20 gph)
R/V Price Visit the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Takes up to 6 divers, plus captain within a range of 100 miles. Cruising speed 26 knots
R/V Weatherbird II Visit the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) R/V Weatherbird II supports the State University System of Florida universities ocean research and scientific discovery. R/V Weatherbird II made repeated voyages to carry out scientific missions in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill catastrophe.
R/V W. T. Hogarth Visit the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) The R/V W. T. Hogarth supports training cruises, dissertation research, and near shore projects of the students and faculties of the FIO state consortium members. Constructed completed at Duckworth Steel Boats in Tarpon Springs, FL May 2017