What makes MCR different?


  • Song of the Whale is one of the quietest marine research vessels in the world, and operates with minimal disturbance to marine life, due to numerous design features, such as a five-bladed propeller and vibration-dampening mounts on the engine.
  • All MCR staff are highly-qualified and experienced in marine mammal science and boat handling, which facilitates effective, safe operations and efficient, consistent data collection.
  • MCR offer low carbon survey options due to the ability to sail (when appropriate), remain offshore overnight during survey periods and generate electricity from wind turbines.
  • The vessel is designed and equipped to stay offshore for extended periods, and can remain self-sufficient for over a month if necessary.
  • Projects/charters can be arranged on a 12 or 24 hour basis as required.
  • MCR have considerable experience in project planning and logistics, including acquiring necessary permits for international research.
  • The team also has an established media footprint and outreach networks and can provide in-house project managers.