See maritime science at work.

Visiting Vessel Alert
Due to unforseen circumstances Research Vessel Ocean Recovery will not be visiting as planned. Stay tuned for updated dates!

Interested in ocean science? Try a session with our Underwater Drones!

Step aboard the working underwater research vessel Ocean Recovery and experience the world of deep-sea diving with a decompression chamber, diving bell, ROVs and 3D modelling. 

The team on board uncover WWII's sunken fleets and work to stop them spilling their oil into the ocean - causing environmental disaster across the Pacific.

About the ship
Built in 1979  as a North Sea oil rig support vessel, HMNZS Manawanui served with distinction in the New Zealand Navy. In July 2018 Major Projects Foundation acquired the vessel and sailed it to its new home port of Newcastle, Australia. In early 2019, the vessel was officially renamed MV Ocean Recovery

About the owners
MV Ocean Recovery is owned by the Major Projects Foundation and carries out and supports conservation, research and education around issues of environment, sustainability and preservation affecting Australia, its coral reefs, the Pacific Ocean and its island communities. Their main focus is maritime archaeology and environmental science.

Major Projects Foundation researches: leaking oil content of wrecks, explosive remnants of war (sea mines), plastic in oceans, is a scientific work platform, training and education, industry and research partners, and is partnered with the University of Newcastle.