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NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO)-Ship-Tracks
browse graphic The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a wide assortment of hydrographic survey, oceanographic research, and fisheries research vessels. These vessels are operated by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Ships located in the Pacific are managed by the Marine Operations Center, Pacific, (MOP) in Seattle, Washington. Ships located in the Atlantic are managed by the Marine Operations Center, Atlantic, (MOA) in Norfolk, Virginia. Logistic support for the vessels is provided by the appropriate marine operations center or, for vessels in Woods Hole, Charleston, Pascagoula, San Diego, and Honolulu, by Port Captains located in those ports.