Falkor leaving Apra Harbor, Guam.

Log Post: Integrating ROV SuBastian – A How To Guide

Yesterday morning Falkor departed Apra Harbor, heading out to sea to embark on a month of sea trials with Schmidt Ocean Institute’s brand new ROV SuBastian. Integrating a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) onto a research vessel is not an easy process; you cannot just drop it on board and call it a day. Both the vehicle … Continued


Person: Russell Coffield

Russell is one of ROV SuBastian’s contracted pilots. He has been in the offshore industry for the last 16 years, Russell started out his offshore career with the Fiber optic cable installation vessels, and then moved into Sub-sea engineering where he has worked as a supervisor on a vast range ROV projects in the Energy, … Continued

Person: Erik Cordes

Dr. Erik Cordes  is a deep sea ecologist and Principal Investigator at Temple University. He received his M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Labs, his Ph.D. from Penn State University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has worked on the ecology of the deep sea for over 20 years, spending over a year at … Continued

Person: Bruce Robison

Dr. Bruce Robison is a Senior Scientists and Midwater Ecologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Person: Colin Devey

Dr. Colin Devey is the Head of the Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems Research Unit at GEOMAR.

Person: Nadine Le Bris

Dr. Nadine Le Bris is the Director of the Benthic Ecogeochemistry Laboratory, joint research unit CNRS-UPMC UMR8222, Banyuls Marine Station and Professor  at the University of Paris – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). She serves as the Chair of ‘Biodiversity, global change and extreme Marine environments’.

Person: Mandar Chitre

Mandar Chitre is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Head of the Acoustic Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI).

Person: Stace Beaulieu

Dr. Stace Beaulieu is a Research Specialist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Tank Testing ROV SuBastian at MBARI

Cruise: ROV SuBastian Science Verification Cruise

This cruise is a part of the shakedown phase of the R/V Falkor initial science operations. During shakedown, all of the systems and oceanographic instruments on board the ship will be tested and calibrated. The ship’s layout and functionality will be evaluated against the needs of future scientific expeditions.