AIMS' field activities are supported by a research fleet that provides access to all of Australia's tropical marine environments.

Two large purpose-built ships, the Research Vessel (RV) Cape Ferguson and the RV Solander, and a number of smaller vessels, take researchers to the diverse habitats that make up Australian waters.

Ship schedules for RV Cape Ferguson and Solander are listed below.
The Voyage Tracker displays detailed information about current and past voyages including near real-time vessel location, voyage path, summaries and data collected.

RV Cape Ferguson

From To Activity / Destination Cruise leader
5 Mar 24 Mar

Long Term Monitoring Program
Swain and Pompey Reefs, Queensland

Hugh Sweatman
25 Mar 27 Mar Maintenance  
28 Mar 14 Apr

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) 
Southern Great Barrier Reef 

Craig Steinberg
17 Apr 5 May
Long Term Monitoring Program
Whitsunday, Cape Upstart, Queensland
Hugh Sweatman
8 May 13 May

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) - FAIMS

Scott Bainbridge
6 Jun 19 Jun Moorings
Cairns - Southern Great Barrier Reef
David McKinnon
22 Jun 6 Jul

Keppels - Daintree, Queensland

Britta Schaffelke
7 Jul 30 Jul Refit
Cairns, Queensland


RV Solander

From To Activity / Destination Cruise leader
10 Mar 23 Mar

Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)
Kimberley Coast, Western Australia

Richard Brinkman
24 Mar 28 Mar Maintenance
Darwin, Northern Territory
31 Mar 4 Apr
National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
Aligator River, Northern Territory 
David Williams
8 Apr 1 May CSIRO
Timor moorings
John Luetchford