The Ocean Research Project

ORP sails for science, education and exploration in order to direct the sustainability of the oceans. They serve scientific and academic communities by providing worldwide alternative affordable and environmentally benign oceangoing data collection platforms.

The  approach each project like histories great pioneers in ocean exploration, under sail with a small committed team yet outfitted with today’s efficient oceanographic technology. Additionally, they crowdsource key observations through their citizen science program geared toward recreational boaters. They investigate the ocean’s emerging threats with an emphasis on: climate change, ocean acidification, marine debris pollution, and biodiversity population concerns. Through determination and sacrifice they reach marine environments that may otherwise go unnoticed. Through endurance they conquer. Visit the ORP website.

Accomplishments - ORP Research Voyages have:

  • Surveyed over 20,000 miles of worldwide marine plastic debris in both the Atlantic and Pacific.
  • Conducted more than 200 days of data collection along Greenland's west coast for ocean acidification and ocean warming contributing to icepack melt.
  • Interacted with over 1000 public school students in ORP STEM education activities since 2012.


  • Increase ocean research focused on the emerging ocean threats by providing an alternative affordable and environmentally benign data collection platform and offering collaborative research cruises to scientists annually.
  • Expand ORP’s research cruise schedule into fragile and remote marine ecosystems extending into the Southern Hemisphere by operating in both hemispheres during opportune seasonal periods.
  • Empower all to act upon conserving the oceans. We do this through interactive informal education activities coordinated with schools and by developing adventure based audiovisual media.

Ocean Research Project is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization.

We rely on donations and grants for funding. Please consider a donation to support our mission. Click and Donate below!

Follow ORP's research vessel, Alt in real time

Click on the Red Dot to get Alt's speed, course, and Latitude & Longitude position.

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