Greening the Fleet Initiative

In 2012, a UNOLS-sponsored workshop was held to develop sustainability guidelines for oceanographic research vessels. The meeting included presentations from marine architects, designers, builders, related private businesses and representatives of the federal government and foreign research vessel operators. UNOLS continues to promote the recommendations of the Greening the Research Fleet Workshop to help make the present and future fleet more environmentally sustainable.

UNOLS Greening the Fleet Program Long Term Goals

1) Promote environmental sustainability within UNOLS
2) Guidelines for construction, operation and recycling of UNOLS Research Vessels
3) Promote environmental awareness on UNOLS ships with U.S. ocean scientists (outreach)
5) Ocean Class and Regional Class vessel construction 

Research Vessel Sustainability Target Areas
  •     Port Sustainability
  •     Emerging Technologies
  •     Proposion and Fuel
  •     Energy Monitoring and Conservation
  •     Ship Design
  •     Recycling
  •     Certification
  •     Compliance
  •     Noise Pollution

Important Updates

Date Item Link
January 2012 Workshop UNOLS Inaugural Greening the Fleet Workshop
June 2012 Presentation  2012 Greening the Fleet Workshop Summary Report
March 2013 Presentation 2013 Greening the Fleet Progress Report
March 2014 Presentation 2014 Greening the Fleet Progress Report
April 2014 Workshop URI Workshop - Green Boats and Ports for Blue Waters II
December 2015 Presentation 2015 Greening the Fleet Progress Report
April 2016 Workshop 2016 Workshop - Green Boats and Ports for Blue Waters III
December 2016 Presentation 2016 Greening the Fleet Progress Report
August 2018 Workshop 2018 Workshop - Green Boats and Ports for Blue Waters IV 
October 2018 Presentation 2018 Greening the Fleet Progress Report