A significant legacy of the Eurofleets+ project, EUROFLEETS RI aims at uniting world-class Research Vessels (RV) and associated equipment among European partners to facilitate access to multipurpose marine infrastructure for a wide user community, enabling excellent research, increased cooperation in technical development and sharing of knowledge in RV operations & management.

EUROFLEETS RI will play a central role in delivering the European Union Missions and United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) by the provision of access to our Seas and Oceans through facilitation of multidisciplinary science teams tackling changing climate, supporting bio medical research, ocean monitoring, sustainable fisheries and advancing the European Green Deal.

Collaboration in EUROFLEETS RI will help to optimise integration and develop a European approach to address common challenges through the provision of single point transnational access to our Seas and Oceans.


Provision of easy access to up-to-date information on the European RV Fleet: maintaining and validating European RV and LEXI information in the EurOcean research infrastructure database, hosting technical groups and supporting R&D projects for low emissions RVs operation.

Updating a consolidated view of the European RV fleets, thus building a European shared strategic vision of the foreseeable evolution of this infrastructure and share that vision with funding agencies through discussions involving the research vessel and marine science communities as well as other relevant stakeholders to identify key funding needs.

Provision of education and training courses, activities, opportunities, programs, summer schools, etc. (both theoretical and practical)

Participation in a “market-place” for those offering access to RVs and/or LEXIs, and those looking for charter, barter or in-kind contribution to research projects, monitoring activities, logistical functions, etc.

Provision of European funded Transnational Access (TA) opportunities on board high performing RVs flying various national flags, on basis of scientific excellence, in addition to promoting innovative e-access to RVs during scientific cruises.


Eurofleets Summary for policy makers 


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