Book a MARiS venue

The MARiS centre has two bookable venues located on the 4th Floor of the John Day Building that can be booked via the UCT Resource Booking system. Enter your UCT credentials and select the option of "MARiS: Book a Departmental Venue" > Select your preferred venue. 

These venues are:

  • MARiS Boardroom (Rm.4.03.7, capacity of 10 pax)
  • MARiS Interactive Hub (Rm.4.03, capacity of 8 pax)
For more information regarding the MARiS bookable venues, you can email the MARiS Administrators, Nopinkie or Siwapiwe.

Research Vessel I

The Ma-Re research boat is a 7.3m Gemini semi-rigid inflatable vessel is powered by two 90hp outboards and has removable dive racks, which make it suitable for both SCUBA and surface diving. It also comes with a stainless steel gantry, providing a platform for the deployment of oceanographic equipment, nets etc. Ma-Re 1 has navigational equipment and is licensed for 10 people, offering sufficient capacity for student field trips.

It is available for hire internally for R1200/day and R2000/day for external charter excluding fuel, tow vehicle. External rental must include a UCT employee skipper (for insurance purposes) at an additional R800/day.

Please download the MARIS Boat Operational Guidelines here for more information.  

To book the boat, please contact the UCT Research Dive Unit Manager, Pieter Truter

Research Vessel II

The Sargasso is a 36ft sport-fishing vessel, the unrestricted use of which has been donated to UCT for research and student training by a Simonstown philanthropist. A/Prof. Colin Attwood was instrumental in negotiating this acquisition. This vessel will be used as a useful platform for near-coast research in the Western Cape.

UCT Marine Biogeochemistry Lab Facilities

The UCT-MBL is housed in the Oceanography Department at the University of Cape Town. Its facilities are central to work ongoing in the Altieri and Fawcett research groups, which focus on atmospheric and oceanic biogeochemistry, respectively. Many of the analytical techniques available in the UCT-MBL are for measuring components of the nitrogen cycle, the study of which is fundamental to understanding how our planet works. Nitrogen concentration measurements, while fairly simple, are inadequate for addressing many nitrogen-cycle questions because small changes are difficult to discern above background levels, and once a nitrogen species has been transformed, it is impossible to deduce its origin. They overcome these limitations by measuring isotope ratios, which record both nitrogen source and the various processes acting upon it with a high degree of sensitivity. Here is a list of some of the equipment available to use (the cost depends on the types of samples):

  • Thermo Scientific DELTA V Plus Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) 
  • Nutrient Laboratory
  • Ambient Ion Monitor-Ion Chromatograph
  • TOC/TN Analyzer
  • NOx Analyzer ("NOxBox")

For more information, please see further details on the UCT-MBL website or you can contact the UCT-MBL Lab Manager, Hazel Little-Leighton ( 

Grab – Sampling Equipment

Information will be forthcoming.

Video Conferencing Equipment

Information will be forthcoming