Configuring chartered offshore service vessels and ice-breaking vessels as MARVs and PolarMARVs centers on integration of modular workspace systems; project-configured laboratories, workshops, data processing labs, and office workspace. Standard on-deck modular systems also include 20’ power generation modules for supplying ship-independent power supply to the science deck for labs, cranes and winches (a standard design spec for all MARVs); and storage systems.
Global Oceans has partnered with world-wide suppliers and manufacturers of offshore workstations and laboratories, and has access to several hundred systems from a global pool, staged in multiple hubs in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
All modular labs are pre-wired for computing, pre-plumbed for water and waste management, and pre-configured for fume hood installation. Clean power feeds and redundant internal environmental control are standard. All systems are globally certified by ABS, USCG, DNV, IMO, SOLAS and LLOYDS. Modular systems are attached to the deck with a combination of mechanical locks and welding to the vessel sub-deck to meet ABS specifications and engineering design approvals for each project. Modules are manufactured and ABS-certified for 2-up stacking, and can be coupled in combinations of 2- to 8-module clusters, with multiple clusters on deck depending on project needs and vessel size.
These systems are purpose-built for human habitation, but designed with a standard container-dimension footprints for economical individual shipment by cargo carrier. With availability from four international hubs, Global Oceans can ship, deliver and install workspace systems on regionally-mobilized MARV vessels anywhere in the world within a few weeks.
Modular labs can be configured to support most research needs – from wet labs for live sample work, to chemical analytics, to data processing and GIS labs, and clean labs for trace metal analysis. Illustration panels in this section show examples of lab interior and exterior configuration.
For all configuration scenarios Global Oceans will provide lab consumables, reagents, gasses, spare parts and other equipment as specified by each research team.
Optimal lab design for project-specific support can be achieved in several ways:
1 – BASIC LABORATORY WORKSPACE
Global Oceans will configure basic lab layouts, with refrigeration, low temp storage (e.g. -80°F freezers or LN2 storage), fume hoods, reagent storage, and required power, for a science team to install their own equipment. Equipment can be shipped to the expedition port office weeks in advance of an expedition by oversea or air freight.
Local project office staff will bring equipment through customs, check and confirm with the science team, and secure equipment at the expedition port facility. On arrival, science teams can install the equipment in their labs over the MARV mobilization period (3-5 days) and during transit.
2 – PRE-CONFIGURED LABS
Global Oceans will pre-configure labs to requested specifications with a wide range of instruments (examples below) from major manufacturers, together with computing software, consumables, labware, reagents, training, and remote technical support. Instrument-trained lab techs can also be provided to run assays as part of a science team.
3 – LABS SHIPPED TO INSTITUTIONS
Modular lab systems can be shipped in advance of an expedition to a researcher’s institution for configuration and installation of specialized equipment at minimal cost. Labs can reside with the researcher for up to 90 days, or longer as needed, and Global Oceans will handle shipment directly to the departure port for installation on the expedition MARV. Lab systems can also be re-engineered and customized to support specific power, water systems and space requirements of the project prior to being sent to the scientist.
If multiple program expeditions or repeated research with specialized lab systems are anticipated, Global Oceans can store and maintain configured labs in a ready-state, exclusively for a researcher’s on-going work.
Global Oceans is working with major analytical instrument manufacturers and suppliers to provide analytical instrumentation on board MARV expeditions that can be individually specified and installed for the duration of each research cruise. Shipment to the expedition project management office and installation within the lab is coordinated by Global Oceans. Calibration, testing, spare parts, provision of consumable materials for assays, as well as training and technical support as needed, can be provided for all instrument systems. Instrumentation systems include:
- Gas Chromatography and GC/Mass Spec.
- Liquid Chromatography and LC/Mass Spec.
- Molecular spectroscopy.
- ICP Mass Spec.
- Flow cytometry and liquid scintillation.
- TOC analyzers.
- LN2 storage on-board (bulk and portable containment).
- Genomics (sequencing, barcoding, separation & storage for on-shore analysis, RAD-Seq methods, tissue sample prep & storage).
- Microscopes & visual documentation.
Modular Workshops & Vehicle Bays
Project-adaptive, rapidly mobilized and technologically advanced workshop modules are a critical component of MARV vessel design and capacity, enabling efficient on-board management of major scientific equipment and vehicles such as ROVs and AUVs. The Illustration panel in this section shows examples of workshops and vehicle bays, all stocked at multiple global hubs.
On-deck workshops in multiple sizes can be specified and installed to support equipment and vehicle mobilization, deployment, repair, maintenance and storage. Hundreds of modules in a range of configurations are readily available: from modules with 2-ton capacity hoist systems, to smaller 10′ modules with racks for secure tool storage. Installed ATEX floodlights enable external operation, and HVAC is installed as needed.
Standard systems will be provided to support project needs, and additional specialized configurations can be requested by each science team. Engineering and design support is provided for every workshop module to ensure that power, space, deck placement, and deployment capacity is sufficient and safe.
Workshops are globally certified in compliance with IECEx, CE, CSC, DNV 2.7-1, EN 12079 and ATEX requirements.