Vessel Email Service
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Email is sent and received every 30 minutes on both the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and ARSV Laurence M. Gould. There are no restrictions on the types of messages that can be sent or received, i.e., audio or image files. However, there is a limit of 10MB/message on all incoming and outgoing message traffic.

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to your cruise point of contact (POC) before you depart for the vessel, and to the Network Administrator once you arrive at the vessel.

If you are a grantee preparing for a cruise and will need to send business-related files or email in excess of the limits stated above, please discuss it with your Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) Marine Operations POC in Denver as soon as these requirements are known.

Email Address Conventions

An email address consists of a person's first name and last name. For example, Jonathon Doe would be either jon.doe or jonathon.doe. If a nickname such as Jon does not work, try the full name as indicated above.

To send an email to someone on either vessel, address the message as follows:

Laurence M. Gould
ECO and ASC staff:



Nathaniel B. Palmer
ECO and ASC:


Please do not send any email to the ship prior to your arrival as your account may not be activated until after you embark the vessel. In addition, be advised that all disembarking grantee email accounts are removed the day after the vessel arrives in port.

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Curator: Ethan Norris, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Tim McGovern, Division of Polar Programs