The Port Republic site is an extension of the Stockton University campus and as such falls under the governing policies and procedures of the University. The Marine Operations Safety and Operational Procedures guide serves to highlight the site-specific policies and procedures; however, it is important to note that all University-wide policies and procedures apply to the employees, students, visitors and facilities of the Port Republic site and marine operations program.
Emergency and Fire
Many resources related to the health and safety of life and environment can be found on the University’s Department of Risk Management/Environment/Health/Safety webpage by typing “safety” in the Stockton University webpage search bar.
Safety resources for marine operations
Marine operations are defined here as those activities that engage individuals in activities aboard a vessel and within the marine or extended marine environments (tidal rivers). Stockton University’s Marine Operations Standard Operating Procedures (MOSOP) generally follow, to the extent practical, the guidelines established in the Scientific Boating Safety Association (SBSA) Program Guidelines. The University is both a member of the Scientific Safe Boating Association and the University National Oceanographic Laboratories System (UNOLS).
Stockton-owned vessels (>20’ LOA) are designated by the United States Coast Guard as Oceanographic Research Vessels (ORV) under the provisions provided by CFR 46 Subchapter A part 3 – Oceanographic Research Vessels. All vessels are maintained to the standards set forth for uninspected vessels designated as ORVs and are inspected by the USCG at least every two years.
Safety Documents for ALL Vessel Passengers and Field Crews - to be completed at the beginning of each semester for students and annually for staff
- Marine Operations Safety Briefing - to be completed by all persons engaging in marine operations
Safety Form Submissions for Shallow-water (head-dunking) activities
- Hypothermia and shallow-water blackout awareness (shallow water non-diving research teams)
- Hypothermia and shallow water black out quiz - to be completed by all persons engaging in marine operations that involve in-water work to include shallow water (<1.5m) head dunking not subject to AAUS or other dive program oversight
Working with Vertebrate Animals - IACUC
Faculty and students working with vertebrate animals at the Marine Field Station or in the field must complete training to satisfy the requirements of the Institute of Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The link to IACUC is here and the training modules are at the bottom of that page under "CITI training links and documents".