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Chartering Research Vessels, Vehicles, and Equipment

With the objective to contribute to the improvement of marine science and technology and to the advancement of academic research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) conducts research cruises using its own research vessels/facilities.
These facilities are available for contract research; chartering costs and contact information for such cruises are as follows.

Price list (as of JPFY 2021) for chartering research vessels with or without specific facilities and equipment

Research Vessel Vehicles/Equipment
(AUV/ROV/Submersible, etc.)
Day Rate[1]
(x1000 JPY)
Yokosuka None 6,957
Shinkai 6500 (submersible)[2] 9,600
Urashima (AUV)[2] 7,919
Jinbei (AUV)[2] 7,891
Kairei None 6,957
Kaiko (ROV)[2] 8,326
Jinbei (AUV)[2] 7,891
Mirai None 8,348
Shinseimaru None 5,566
Hyper-Dolphin (ROV)[2] 6,350
Hakuhomaru None 6,261
Kaimei None 7,652
Kaimei-ROV[2] 8,315
Boring Machine System (BMS)[2] 8,798
Kaimei-ROV, BMS 9,011
Power Grab Sampler with Finder (FPG)[2] 8,185
Jinbei (AUV)[2] 8,587
Hyper-Dolphin (ROV)[2] 8,436
40 m Giant Piston Corer (GPC)[2] 7,654
Multi-Channel Seismic System (MCS)[2] 9,084

[1] Fuel charge, port charge, observation support costs, insurance premiums for navigating sea areas outside the standard route, operation cost of submarine equipment (refer Appendix below) and consumption tax have to be paid in addition to Day Rate mentioned above.

[2] Vessels may be chartered "as is" but other facilities (AUVs, ROVs, etc.) cannot be leased independently; they MUST be chartered with a launching/recovering JAMSTEC vessel.

AUV: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicle


Operation cost of submarine equipment

Vehicles/Equipment Cost per dive or deployment
(x1000 JPY)
Other cost
(x1000 JPY)
Shinkai 6500 1,260  
Kaiko 514  
Hyper-Dolphin 514  
Urashima (AUV) 670  
Jinbei (AUV) 884  
Kaimei-ROV 734  
GPC 1,502 Consumables per cruise: 15,066
BMS No Cost per deployment,
but Consumables are needed per cruise with an individual quote.