NOAA Ocean Exploration Operations on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Control room on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

The control room on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during a remotely operated vehicle dive.


Status: In Port, Portland, Oregon

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently undergoing repairs in Portland, Oregon, with operations expected to resume in March. During 2023, we plan spend over 160 days at sea on Okeanos Explorer while exploring the waters off the U.S. West Coast and Alaska. From the end of March through April, NOAA Ocean Exploration will conduct shakedown mapping and remotely operated vehicle diving operations along the U.S. west coast before transiting to Alaska and spending the majority of the field season in Alaskan waters and throughout the Aleutian Islands. In October, the ship will return to California to conduct mapping and autonomous underwater vehicle operations to finish the year before transitioning into the offseason repair period.

About the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Meet the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the only federal vessel dedicated to exploring our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge about the deep ocean.

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2022 Expeditions Overview

2022 Expeditions Overview

In 2022, NOAA Ocean Exploration will spend more than 200 days at sea on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while exploring in both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean basins.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

From scientists and students to members of the general public, learn how to get involved with expeditions led by NOAA Ocean Exploration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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Browse Expeditions

Follow expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while underway or retrace past expeditions. For each expedition, you'll find content ranging from stories to images and videos.

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