Palmer Station, located on Anvers Island, is a major focal point for marine biology research taking place throughout the continent


UPDATE: Rigid Hull Boat (RHIBs) Construction Moving Forward

Welding house to hull

Welding pilothouse to hull

Several weeks ago, we presented the plans to modernize the fleet of small research craft based out of Palmer Station. In the months ahead, the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) will perform sea trails, acceptance and receiving of the first of the two Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs). These RHIBs will provide increased passenger and equipment safety, scientific capability, and boating range. Read more

RHIBs to expand scientific possibilities at Palmer

Photo of Palmer Station

RHIB Design Schematic

RHIB Design Schematic

For many years, the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) has utilized Palmer Station as a hub for its marine research activities. A key component of this research has been the use of small, short-range, inflatable boats to conduct nearby deployments. While these craft have served Palmer and its research community well, the need for a longer-range, more capable scientific vessel has become apparent. Read more