After completing the 2021 U.S. Blake Plateau Mapping expedition, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is in port in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship will now undergo a brief repair period before beginning our next expedition, Windows to the Deep 2021: Southeast U.S. ROV and Mapping, on October 22.
Windows to the Deep 2021 will include both mapping and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations, with video from ROV dives streamed online in real time from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET each day between October 23 and November 14 (all things permitting). Dive sites are expected to include deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, midwater habitats, biogenic mounds, unique geologic features, and other poorly understood deepwater habitats on and around the Blake Plateau off the Southeast United States.
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.Read more
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operated by the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and civilians as part of the fleet managed by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Mission equipment is operated by NOAA Ocean Exploration.Read more
Since the first ocean exploration data was collected from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2009, NOAA Ocean Exploration has led expeditions on the ship around the globe.Read more