R/V Martech I

Marine Technology’s estuarine research vessel is a 53’ diesel powered aluminum catamaran. For the past 10 years the R/V Martech has enhanced our program in its duel role as floating Marine Science classroom and as a platform for practical seamanship.

Whether surveying the Cape Fear River at Wilmington, or collecting water samples along the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach, this versatile vessel makes for a unique learning experience.

Onboard classes expose students to biological collecting with otter trawl and plankton net, as well as physical science data collecting using Niskin bottles, side-scan sonar, echo-sounder and meteorological instrumentation. At the same time students are keenly aware of being shipboard: practicing navigation, marlinspike and helmsmanship skills.