Research Vessel Proteus



R/V Proteus is a multi-use vessel suited for a wide variety of oceanographic research duties. The Proteus is outfitted with TDI-Brooks’ complete geotechnical tool kit including our suite of innovative geotechnical tools for soil sampling and measurement . These include our 0.5 and 1 meter box corers (BC), 6 and 9 meter piston corers (PC), 20 meter jumbo piston corers (JPC), cyclic t-bar instrument (TBAR) and piezocone penetrometers including our 40 meter CPT-Stinger and our 10 meter Gravity CPT tool (gCPT).

The RV Proteus has a Kongsberg EM-710 (1x1) hull-mounted multibeam (MBES) for surveys to ~2,500m water depth for performing surface geochemical “seep-hunting” (SGE) and seabed heatflow surveys (HF). 
This vessel is well suited for the following applications:
  • Seabed Geotechnical Coring and Measurements
  • Seabed Geochemical “Seep-Hunting” (SGE)
  • Seabed Heat Flow Surveys (HF)
  • 2DHR Seismic Multi Channel Geophysical Site Surveys
  • Pipeline Damage Assessments and Inspection
  • Offshore Cable Route Surveys

The R/V Proteus is equipped with satellite communications (phone and internet access), differential GPS, geophysical survey gear and large a-frames with high-speed winches for coring or geotechnical work. The Proteus is in ABS class and had an extensive technical refit in 2009 and 2014 making her ready for extended voyages.

Our field services are supplemented by high quality environmental, geochemical and geotechnical laboratories with a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including fourteen Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists.



Principal Specifications
Operator TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
MMSI 577207000
Registry Vanuatu, Port Vila
Home Port Freeport, TX
Radio Call Sign YJTP5


TDI-Brooks has over 20 years of vessel chartering and management experience and currently operates four research vessels, Gyre, Brooks McCall, Miss Emma McCall and Proteus. These are multi-use vessels suited for a wide variety of oceanographic research duties.

The TDI-Brooks fleet is operated within a robust Safety Management System and all vessels are regularly vetted by client marine assurance groups and a part of the OCIMF Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID).

You can find the various certifications for the R/V Proteus below:

Revised 02/23/2023

Contact Us

TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
14391 S. Dowling Road
College Station, TX 77845

Phone: +1 (979) 693-3446