Vessel Hire

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 qualified experienced crew. 

 
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Further information on our vessels and vessel specifications:

Our crew are experienced professionals and understand the needs of our clients. As active researchers, we know the technicalities and constraints of science at sea. Get in touch with us today to find out how Blue Planet Marine vessels and crew can assist with your project.

Vessel Charter Services Overview

 
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RV Escape

A 24 m mono-hull vessel designed for extended operations in remote areas. Ideal for research, monitoring, management, survey activities, dive operations and as a training platform. Suitable for day and overnight trips.

Escape Specifications

 
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RV Flying Fish V

A 23 m mono-hull vessel designed for extended operations in remote areas. Ideal for research, monitoring, management, survey activities, dive operations and as a training platform. Suitable for day and overnight trips.

Flying Fish V Specifications

 
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RV Phantom IV

A 19 m mono-hull vessel designed and modified for environmental research and monitoring. Has a large rear deck, certified Hiab, A-frame and deck winch. Suitable for day or overnight trips.

Phantom IV specifications

 
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RV Koopa

A 7 m rigid-hulled inflatable research vessel. The vessel is well set up for research, monitoring, survey and diving operations. Maximum 10 people for offshore waters, with operating limits of 30 nautical miles offshore.

Koopa specifications

 
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RV Beluga

Purpose-built, 6 m rigid-hulled inflatable research vessel. Fitted with removable, purpose-built bow sprit designed for satellite tagging of whales.

Beluga specifications

 
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RV Coda

Purpose-built 6.4 m Arib rigid-hulled inflatable research vessel. Removable bow sprit plus prop guards available.

Coda Specifications

 
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Tenders

We have four 4-5 m tenders available to assist with project work.


For this project [deploying baited underwater videos to investigate the effects of ocean warming on coral trout], Phantom was probably the best possible vessel we could’ve used. The flexibility and size of the outer deck space is awesome ... Very professional and effective boat handling. Everyone on board went out of their way to ensure the project was delivered effectively and efficiently.
— Professor Morgan Pratchett - James Cook University
Blue Planet Marine provided excellent service for our operation out of Darwin, Australia. The captain and crew were nothing but critical in the success of our mission. They were professional and always willing to help. Launching and recovering Wave Gliders are not easy tasks to accomplish, but the Blue Planet crew accepted and completed the challenge with ease. Safety was always a priority immediately followed by the desire to be successful. Blue Planet also proved invaluable when it came to handling the complex logistics of shipping items to and from Australia. All these factors will definitely ensure we use Blue Planet Marine again. Many thanks to the crew of the Phantom 4.
— Derek Cuny - Senior Field Engineer, Liquid Robotics

Recent Projects

  • Provision of vessels and trained dive crews for control and monitoring of crown of thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Client: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
  • Vessel, crew and logistical support for a survey of uninhabited islands of the Torres Strait: turtles, reptiles, seabirds and vegetation. Client: Torres Strait Regional Authority.
  • Provision of vessel and crew for deploying underwater baited video cameras to investigate effects of ocean warming on coral trout. Client: James Cook University.
  • Vessel Charter Services to support land and sea management activities in and around Torres Strait. Client: Torres Strait Regional Authority.
  • Vessel charter and crew services for deployment of wave gliders off Darwin, Australia. Client: Liquid Robotics.
  • Supply of vessel and crew for the blue whale research project in the Great Australian Bight. Client: Australian Marine Mammal Centre.
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