A year later, in March 2003, UNOLS approved the 60-page final draft of the SMRs and sent it to the Navy, NSF, and other interested parties.
UNOLS pressed its case hard, and finally, in July 2009, the Navy announced that it had budgeted $176 million for two identical Ocean Class research ships, not four as planned in 2002.
Most of the time, oceanographers at UNOLS institutions work together collegially.
For institutions that do a lot of oceanography, there are several reasons to want to operate at least one UNOLS vessel.
12), it took almost 15 years--one and a half decades--(from 1984 to 1997) to complete the process of modernizing the UNOLS fleet.
The UNOLS community has contributed to the design of this vessel, whose time line appears in the figure opposite below.
Most recently, with NSF support, UNOLS conducted the "Workshop to Assess the Future Vessel and Facility Needs of Coastal Marine Science" in February 1993.
Another major factor in coastal vessel design is the cost of operation, as most coastal research projects are relatively "poor" and cannot afford to pay the cost of larger research vessels, even though in many instances large and intermediate UNOLS vessels are fully capable of doing the work.
The UNOLS Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC), with major inputs from potential users, wrote a series of scientific mission requirement statements that were used by Navy officials to compose documents that led to awarding of a contract to Halter Marine Inc.
This effort was vetted by the UNOLS Fleet Improvement Committee and supported, at a fixed cost of $3 million each by NSF, owner of these ships.
In 1996, the Scripps ship New Horizon was overhauled, completing the UNOLS intermediate-class modernization.
All of the UNOLS university ships were inadequate for the next set of global oceanographic tasks such as the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, Ridge Inter-Disciplinary Global Experiments, and other large-scale research projects being planned.