The M/V Alta was built in 1981-82 by Little Hoquiam Shipyards, WA. The fibreglass design is by Monk with modifications by Jack Sarin.
The Alta operates bottom trawls, dredges and hydrographic instrumentation, has a range of 600+ nautical miles and a running speed of 9.5 knots. Maximum capacity is 12 passengers plus crew.
Funding for the M/V Alta was provided through the University of Calgary by the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations and the Province of Alberta.
The newest addition to the fleet of research vessels at BMSC is the 9.8 m high-speed aluminum dive tender and ROV support vessel Barkley Star.
Custom built in 2002 by local manufacturer, Kamma & Blake Industries, the Barkley Star is designed to carry 12 passengers plus crew for high speed transport or to act as a dive tender and support vessel for the remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV).
The Barkley Star is outfitted with the latest in navigation equipment such as GPS receiving/plotting, radar imaging, depth sounding and marine VHF communication systems.
In addition the Barkley Star is equipped with the latest in AC/DC electrical generation systems necessary to operate the ROV and other scientific sampling or monitoring equipment that future researchers might want to deploy into the marine environment.
Funding for the M/V Barkley Star was made possible by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
The underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) is a Deep Ocean Engineering Phantom HD2+ with 165m tether (rated to 300m), including a high-resolution video camera, lasers for scaling, electronic depth sensor, electronic navigation system and top-side monitors.
Funding for the ROV was made possible by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
In addition to offshore vessels, BMSC maintains a fleet of nine smaller boats (5-8m) in support of field work.