Vessel Charter Services

Blue Planet Marine (BPM) has a number of charter/research vessels available to assist with your project. Whether you require a larger vessel for long-range, extended offshore work or a smaller vessel for nearshore and estuarine projects, BPM has a vessel to suit your needs. Ranging in size from 6 m to 24 m, all of our vessels are in current Australian survey and are available as either a bare-boat charter or with an experienced and qualified crew. Some of the activities we specialise in include:

  • Scientific research
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Crew transfer
  • Marine megafauna tagging and catching
  • Buoy and mooring deployment
  • Acoustic receiver deployment and monitoring
  • Dive operations support



A summary of vessel specifications for the BPM fleet can be found in the downloadable PDF, with more detailed summaries for each vessel available on our website. If you have specific questions or requirements, please contact us directly.


Training & Crew

BPM personnel, including masters and crew, are fully certified and experienced seafarers. Due to BPM’s background in applied marine science, many of our crew also have specialised training and expertise in research and dive operations, large whale tagging, megafauna catching (e.g. turtles and dugongs), biopsy sampling, and acoustic hydrophone set up and deployment. All of our crew have excellent communication skills, are able to follow set protocols, and have a detailed understanding of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) issues and industry expectations.


Clients & Locations

BPM has provided vessel charter services since 2002, with clients from industry, government, universities, and NGOs. We’ve worked across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, with extensive experience in Australian waters and the South Pacific.


Quality, Safety & Environment

All BPM vessels have an approved safety management system (SMS) and we employ the use of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) to guide safe operations. All of BPM’s work is subject to our Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE) system, which is modelled on ISO 9001, AS/NZS 4801 and ISO 14001.


BPM – Vessel Specifications

Vessel Name Total Length (m) Survey classification (Passengers + Crew) Operating Limits (nm) Motors (main + auxiliary) Equipment and notes
Escape 24 1B (16p + 4c) 1C (40p + 4c)
Accommodation for 20 overnight
200 2 x Yanmar 6HYM @ 515 kW
Two tenders Fully air-conditioned accommodation and wheelhouse Maxilift Cobra 5500 crane, 2.5 ton at 2 metres and 600 kilograms at 6 metres Hydraulic 50 kW bow thruster 2.5-ton deck winch Fitted pot hauler and stern roller 40 m2 clear deck area
Flying Fish V 23 1B (20p + 3c) 1D (55p + 6c) 1E (75p + 6c)
Accommodation for 23 overnight
200 980 hp V12 MAN 2 X Yanmar 27 KVA 3 phase generators
Two tenders Fully air-conditioned accommodation and wheelhouse Desalinator (1,000 L/day) 4.5 t blast freezer 2 x 2 t cool rooms 2 t/day ice maker Dive compressor Huge aft deck plus dive platform Hiab, pot hauler and cotton reel winch
Phantom IV 19 2B (13p + 2c)

Accommodation for 7 overnight
200 800 hp Doosan Single phase 20 KVA Zenith
Two inflatables as auxiliary vessels Fully air-conditioned accommodation and wheelhouse Large rear deck Certified Hiab, A-frame and deck winch
Koopa 7 2C (9p +1c) 30 2 X Suzuki 140 horsepower, 4 stroke engines
Swift rigid-hulled inflatable The vessel is well set up for research, monitoring, survey and diving operations
Coda 6.4 2C (7p + 1c) 30 2 X Yamaha 70 hp, 4 stroke engines
Removable bowsprit (for whale and dolphin research) Prop guards available on request
Beluga 6 2C (5p +1c) 15 Yamaha 115 hp, 4 stroke engine
Fitted with a removable, purpose-built bowsprit designed for satellite tagging of whales Prop guard available on request