Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA operates two ships. The Research Vessel Lake Guardian (R/V Lake Guardian) performs operations on the Great Lakes. The Ocean Survey Vessel Bold (OSV Bold) conducts operations on the East and West coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The mission of both vessels is to support EPA's efforts to monitor and assess the health of the Great Lakes, ocean and coastal waters.
NOAA Marine Operations (OMAO)
OMAO operates a fleet of ships that support a wide range of marine activities including fisheries surveys, nautical charting, and ocean and climate studies.
United States Antarctic Program (USAP)
The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) carries forward the Nation's goals of supporting the Antarctic Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and developing measures to ensure only equitable and wise use of resources. The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) funds and manages the program on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Details on the ice capable research vessels currently in use by the USAP, ship schedules, and how to request ship time can be found on the following links:
United States Coast Guard (USCG) CGC Healy
University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)
The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, (UNOLS) is an organization of 61 academic institutions, joined for the purpose of coordinating the academic fleet of oceanographic ships and research facilities.
Details on the 20 UNOLS research vessels, ship schedules, and how to request ship time can be found on the following links: