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The Marine Tech Group provides support for all the marine technician needs of Marine Operations. The marine techs rotate their services aboard the University of Miami research vessel, F.G. WALTON SMITH, the National Science Foundation's Tech Exchange Program, in support of the RSMAS' Royal Caribbean cruise line's (RCCL) Shipboard Program called OceanScope, and the marine technician needs of RSMAS.

The F.G. WALTON SMITH operates with one marine tech aboard while the vessel is at sea. The marine techs support other UNOLS vessels through the NSF Tech Exchange Program. In 2017, the techs provided 103 days in support of other UNOLS research vessels and 29 days on private research vessel.

The marine techs also provide support for the equipment that RSMAS has on three RCCL ships, the Adventure of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Equinox as part of the RSMAS OceanScope project.

At sea, the marine technicians' objectives fall into the following major categories:

  • Maintaining shared-use equipment in optimum condition, continuously monitoring instrumentation, and data acquisition quality. For example, technicians routinely analyze salinity samples and introduce standards into various pieces of instrumentation to verify sensor stability and accuracy.
  • Assuring safe and proper equipment usage. Technicians train scientific personnel in operation of instrumentation they may be unfamiliar with. In their zest for obtaining data, many scientists will not take into consideration the needs of the next scientist that will require the equipment on the next cruise. It is the technician's responsibility to monitor the operation of instrumentation to ensure proper and safe operation for the present cruise and future cruises.
  • Maintaining the ship's computer network, including data collection, communications and multiple peripherals in various shipboard areas

For more information about the Marine Tech Group please contact us at MTGTech@rsmas.miami.edu