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Facilities & Equipment Available at MARIS

Research Vessel I

The Ma-Re research boat is a 7.3m Gemini semi-rigid inflatable vessel is powered by two 90hp outboards and has removable dive racks, which make it suitable for both SCUBA and surface diving. It also comes with a stainless steel gantry, providing a platform for the deployment of oceanographic equipment, nets etc. Ma-Re 1 has navigational equipment and is licensed for 10 people, offering sufficient capacity for student field trips.


It is available for hire internally for R1200/day and R2000/day for external charter excluding fuel, tow vehicle. External rental must include a UCT employee skipper (for insurance purposes) at an additional R800/day.

Please download the MARIS Boat Operational Guidelines here for more information.  

To book the boat, please fill up the form here


Research Vessel II

The Sargasso is a 36ft sport-fishing vessel, the unrestricted use of which has been donated to UCT for research and student training by a Simonstown philanthropist. A/Prof. Colin Attwood was instrumental in negotiating this acquisition. This vessel will be used as a useful platform for near-coast research in the Western Cape.


Grab – Sampling Equipment

Information will be forthcoming.


Video Conferencing Equipment

Information will be forthcoming