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Announcement of Regional Plan for R/V Langseth Operations

January 21, 2021

As announced by NSF in 2020, R/V Marcus G. Langseth, now under the ownership of Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will continue to operate as part of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF). After operating in the Pacific since late 2016, plans are to move R/V Marcus G. Langseth to the Atlantic in early 2022 to support funded science.
NSF will accept proposals to use R/V Marcus G. Langseth, in the Atlantic and adjacent seas in the 2022-2024 timeframe. Per the general guidance for requesting ship time on global-class ships, Principal Investigators should submit proposals at least 18 months prior to the requested start date of the cruise. Final schedules will be determined collaboratively between the PIs, operators, UNOLS, environmental compliance authorities, and NSF.
Ship schedules depend on many factors, and the pandemic in particular has caused delays and rescheduling throughout the ARF. The schedule may shift if there are unanticipated problems.
Any questions may be directed as follows:
  • R/V LANGSETH Operations & Scheduling:  Sean Higgins
  • Regional Plan:  Candace Major
  • UNOLS Ship Scheduling:  Doug Russell
  • For questions about proposals, please contact the relevant NSF science program.
UNOLS announcement:
Thank you,
Terry Quinn
Division Director, OCE

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