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Expedition Planning Guide

Preparing for a seagoing expedition involves many months (often years) of planning. There are many forms and documents to prepare; there are many criteria to be met and logistical issues to sort out; there are even issues of personal preparation. The most successful research cruises are typically the ones that are planned early, with an awareness of both the big picture and the fine details.

Step 2: Have you secured funding?

YES, congratulations, please remember to update Marine Facilities Planning (MFP).

NO, please view the proposal planning guide

  • It is important for potential users to discuss their requirements with NDSF personnel listed below and/or in the CONTACTS section, early in the proposal preparation process. In the meantime, we strongly encourage potential users to read the UNOLS cruise planning guideline page.

Step 3: Review vehicle checklists

Select a vehicle:

Step 4: Post Cruise