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Research Vessels

Six main vessels, ranging from 17 to 45 ft, support the research and academic programs. All vessels are located in Brewers Bay (with the exception of the Blue Runner which is located on St. Croix) just steps away from the MMSC building. Vessels can also be stationed, in the short-term, on St. John or St. Croix with permission from CMES director and dive/vessel supervisor. 
Please be sure to fill out a FLOAT PLAN on LAB ARCHIVES prior to any boat use.

Vessels and Vehicles



The Garuppa, built in 2005 by Island Hopper International Boat Works, she has overall length is 30 feet with a 12 foot beam.
 The hull is of hand laid-up solid fiber glass construction with fiberglass encapsulated solid wood stringers. Power is provided by a 2011 380hp Yanmar diesel engine. On board equipment includes GPS navigation, electronic chart plotter, depth sounder, VHF radio. A hydraulic trap hauler is mounted on the starboard side just aft of the cabin.
Pro Kat

Depth Perception (Pro Kat)

The Depth Perception is a 28ft Pro Kat manufactured in 2002 and acquired in 2011. It sports twin outboard Yamaha 225hp engines. It is equipped with GPS navigation, electronic chart plotter, depth sounder and VHF radio. It is heavily used for many different research projects due to is speed and versatility.


The Halimeda is a 17ft whaler. It has a 90 hp Yamaha outboard engine and can occupy 6 passengers. It is a boat primarily used for student research, near shore research projects, as well as by the UVI dive class.
Twin Vee

Twin Vee

The Twin Vee is a 17ft vessel with one 50hp Tohatsu outboard engine. It was manufactured in 1999 and is our smallest research vessel. It is used mainly by students doing research in bays close to UVI but is always on hand for whatever needs may arise.


This is a 4 Door / 4WD truck used by UVI students, faculty and staff to either haul equipment or for transportation to and from locations with rugged terrain. It can accommodate up to 6 passengers (including the driver). To be approved to drive this vehicle, a copy of your driver's license should be forwarded to Ian Byrne  ( - Boat and Facilities Specialist).


This vehicle can hold up to 15 passengers (including the driver). It is used primarily by faculty and staff to transport students to locations off-campus. To be approved to drive this vehicle, an administered, online test must be passed and a copy of your driver's license should be forwarded to Ian Byrne( - Boat and Facilities Specialist).

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Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802