Research Vessels

The Plymouth Quest at sea

We maintain and operate two vessels that support multiple research projects and long-term monitoring activities, such as the Western Channel Observatory.

RV Plymouth Quest

PML Plymouth Quest

The Plymouth Quest is owned and operated by us out of Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, and is used on a daily basis.


Length/Draught 21.5 metres and 3.02 metres
Specification MCA category 2 workboat, operating coastally and offshore
Seagoing capability 5 days/60 miles from a safe haven
Carrying capacity 12 passengers plus 4 crew (day); 6 berths (overnight)
Equipment Trawl and sweepline winches, an A-frame, a net drum, a 10 ton hydraulic crane and a hydraulic stern gate; facilities for collecting a wide range of biological, chemical and physical measurements and samples , and an underway suite of sensors.

PML Explorer

The Plymouth Explorer rib at sea

The PML Explorer, owned and operated by us, provides a perfect working platform, as well as "rapid response" capability to enhance our research in estuarine and coastal waters.


Length 6.8 metres
Specification: MCA certified workboat code 3R vessel; Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)
Seagoing capability: Up to 20 miles offshore
Carrying capacity: 6 personnel
Equipment: Twin 90hp Suzuki engines, twin fuel tanks carrying a combined 180L of fuel, which can keep the vessel at sea for 8 hours (speed dependant). 12v power supply for scientific equipment and ruggedized laptop is available. Navigation system with echo sounder. Capability to deploy CTD's and messenger triggered water bottles in a variety of volumes.

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David Smith David Smith
Head of Marine Services
+44 (0)1752 633453