About R/V Nanuq

R/V Nanuq

R/V Nanuq, the Inupiat word for "polar bear," was commissioned in 2019 and is operated by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The vessel boasts a 1,000 lb hydraulic A-frame, a dive platform, and a cruising speed of 20+ knots. With her 13-foot aft deck, R/V Nanuq is designed to accommodate the deployment of a wide variety of equipment to support oceanographic and marine biology research, including CTD rosettes, plankton nets, moorings, and tow sleds. Nanuq can conduct operations anywhere along the north coast of the Gulf of Alaska—Yakutat through the Kodiak Archipelago.

The vessel can be reserved and utilized by academic and research organizations. The day rate for Nanuq includes shoreside logistics and administrative support. For more information and to inquire about availability, please contact Captain Brian Mullaly at bmullaly@alaska.edu or 907-224-4306.


The cabin features four bunks for berthing, a dinette table, two forward-facing helm seats, and an aft -facing seat with workstation viewing the back deck. The head is equipped with a pullout shower and the galley contains a 2.7 cubic foot AC/DC refrigerator, as well as a microwave/convection oven. A 4.6 cubic foot So-Low freezer is available for research needs. Nanuq is  equipped with a seawater sampling and underway data collection system. Learn more about underway systems.

Social Media



Nanuq logo

Boat Time Requests

The day rate for Nanuq includes shoreside logistics and administrative support. The vessel can be reserved and used by academic and research-oriented organizations. Scheduling preference is given to University of Alaska researchers.

Vessel Specifications
Overall Length 40 feet
Beam 13 feet
Draft 5 feet
Cruising Speed 20 plus knots
Fuel 400 gallons
Range (based on 20 knot speed) Up to 400 nautical miles
Equipment Capacity
A-Frame 1000 lbs SWL
Davit 250 lbs SWL
Shoreside Support
  • Administrative/ logistic support (included in day rate)
  • Shoreside laboratory space available (fees apply)
  • Lodging in Seward available (fees apply)