Global Ports Network

Dedicated research vessels normally transit fully equipped to a region of study. The use of regionally-deployed chartered vessels, adapted and mobilized for scientific research, requires a local base of operations at each departure port for mobilization and demobilization. To achieve this, and to enable the management of multiple complex expeditions simultaneously, Global Oceans has partnered with a global commercial port services firm that supports operational logistics on a worldwide basis.

Global Oceans has access to a network of over 350 port offices in 66 countries, staffed by 3,800 maritime professionals with expertise in operational logistics. Any of these port offices can be utilized as a local Global Oceans expedition Project Management Office (PMO) with dedicated call lines, regional emergency protocols, and staffed with an expedition-dedicated project manager working closely with the Global Oceans team. The map below illustrates worldwide distribution of PMO facilities.

PMO-networkFor financial modeling and budgeting, Global Oceans has developed a port services and pricing matrix for each of 28 major global ports covering up to 60 service parameters ranging from local government authorizations, tariffs, port charges, cargo and logistics charges, personnel transport options, fuel audits, and emergency services.

Global Oceans has access to lowest volume pricing and standardized costs for these services through our port services partner, which handles over 60,000 vessel port calls annually.

Local project coordination, port logistics for vessel mobilization and demobilization, and centralized funds and dispersement management in local currencies, is managed by the dedicated expedition project manager at each PMO.

Control of all project shipments to an expedition departure port is coordinated by Global Oceans, linked to a worldwide forwarding network through our port services partner, with consolidation shipment centers located in Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Houston and Dubai.

Role of Local PMOs

Local PMOs will work closely with the Global Oceans team, engineering services, and research vehicle and equipment providers to coordinate the following support at each expedition port:


In advance of MARV mobilization: receipt and customs clearance at the port via sea or air transport, secure warehousing, load out to the chartered vessel, and coordination of overnight and emergency shipments.


Vessel berthing, port operations, modular workspace systems and on-deck equipment installation, vessel mobilization and demobilization.


Estimates of local costs for budgeting, locking in local pricing tariffs, and shipment tracking.  Standard facilities loaded on-board MARVs, such as dry and refrigerated storage containers, and consumables such as fuel for ship-independent power generators (part of every MARV configuration) can be locally sourced, delivered and installed.


Airport transfer, hotel bookings, assistance with visas, air and ground transport, and emergency support.

Our ability through this partnership to reliably ship, track, receive through customs, and secure at any of 350 global ports, expedition research and other equipment directly from international project scientists and suppliers in advance of the chartered vessel arrival is a critical part of MARV operations. This approach lowers and controls direct costs, and mitigates logistics risks inherent in pre- and post-expedition planning.