Marine Institute

Short Name: Marine Institute
Country: Ireland


The Marine Institute is Ireland’s national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.

The Research Vessel Operations section within the Marine Institute is the department responsible for the management of Ireland’s two state research vessels, the RV Celtic Explorer and the RV Celtic Voyager, in addition to the ROV Holland I. This section oversees the successful operation of the research fleet’s annual programmes and liaises directly with vessel users to ensure that their needs are met. The department has vast experience in organising and supporting a variety of interdisciplinary surveys in all areas of marine science both nationally and internationally; including but not limited to; oceanographic, hydrographic, marine biology, fisheries including acoustic, buoy deployments and recovery and ROV operations. The Marine Institute are involved in activities in CMEMS, EMODnet, SeaDataNet and SeaDataCloud.


The Marine Institute will be the Coordinator of the proposed Eurofleets+ project.
They will also take the role of Work Package Leaders of WP1 Project Management, and WP2 Transnational Access. The MI will also undertake activities in WP3 Joint Research Activities, WP6 Education and Training, WP8 Foresight: Legacy and Roadmap, and WP9 Dissemination and Communication.

Access to Research Vessels and related infrastructure: The MI are owners of the RV Celtic Explorer [Global/Ocean] and ROV Holland I [Workclass ROV, 3000/4000m (2020)] which are being made available under WP 2 Transnational Access.

Modality of access [RV Celtic Explorer]: Successful proposals will be integrated into the vessel’s annual planning process. The survey is then scheduled using a scheduling application and a suitable time slot for the survey will be allocated.

Outreach to new users [RV Celtic Explorer]: Due to the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance, signed by the EU, Canada and the US, there is growing emphasis amongst researchers in increasing their knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean; and to promote the sustainable management of its resources. The vessel’s home port of Galway sits directly on the Atlantic coast giving these emerging researchers direct access to the survey area.

Modality of access [ROV Holland I]: The Holland I will be available onboard the Celtic Explorer in the regions covered in the Eurofleets+ calls.

Relevant Publications

  • The Eurofleets ship-time proposal Evaluation System; Verónica Willmott1, Nicole Biebow1, Aodhán Fitzgerald2, Valerie Mazauric3 EGU journal Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO) titled: Project management in geosciences: systems and practices for high-impact research, EGU, April 2018
  • Pat McCULLEN, ESBI; Bob MEIR, UK; Aodhán FITZGERALD, Marine Institute; Paul BREWSTER, ClearPower Technology (2003) Ocean energy: development & evaluation protocol. Always work to plan but be prepared to improvise. Part 1: wave power, HMRC
  • Argo: The Challenge of Continuing 10 Years of Progress. (2009) Roemmich et al. Oceanography 22(3):46–55.
  • Observing the seafloor and water column. Favali et al (2011) International Innovation.
  • EMSO: A distributed infrastructure for addressing geohazards and global ocean change. (2014) Best, M., P. Favali, L. Beranzoli, M. Cannat, N. Cagatay, J.J. Dañobeitia, E. Delory, H. de Stigter, B. Ferré, M. Gillooly, F. Grant, P.O.J. Hall, V. Lykousis, J. Mienert, J.M.A. de Miranda, G. Oaie, V. Radulescu, J.-F. Rolin, H. Ruhl, and C. Waldmann. Oceanography 27(2):167–169.


Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway
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