The vessels center maintains and operates a fleet of 40 vessels. In 2007, the 74 foot R/V Pelican was converted into a research vessel from a navy surplus landing craft. With a 17’x 24’ working deck, she utilizes a 18,000 lbs lifting capacity crane and 4 hydraulic winches. The R/V Pelican has accommodations for ten overnight.
The 65-foot R/V Bay Eagle is outfitted with a wet lab containing a flow-through seawater system, a dry lab housing electronics, and project- oriented equipment. The R/V Bay Eagle also has Loran interface for downloading information to on board computers.
The 29-foot R/V Fish Hawk was especially designed and equipped to perform trawl surveys. A sizeable trailerable fleet supports estuarine and tributary research. Electronic systems can be transferred to these smaller boats, enabling precise scientific surveys to be conducted on board.
The diving facility includes a diver training room and classrooms to support the 20-member VIMS dive team. The VIMS diving program is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.
View a movie of the R/V Bay Eagle underway (requires QuickTime or similar movie viewer, 1Mb file may take a few minutes to load).
CONTACT FOR ALL VESSELS ACTIVITIES:
Sharon Miller — (804) 684-7055
Fax: (804) 684-7195
After-Hours Emergency Contacts
Weather Advisory Panel Contacts
Vessel rental rates
Schedule a Vessel using these forms:
cancel a reservation by sending email
Policies and Procedures
VIMS employees must receive certification from the Vessels Service Center before operating either a small boat or a tow vehicle.
Contact Sharon Miller to obtain these certifications. Qualified operators are listed below: