R/V SOCIB has been operational since 2013. A detailed description, including technical characteristics, equipment, crew, berths, endurance, etc. can be found at SOCIB Cat brochure. SOCIB R/V is a member of the European Research Vessels Operators (ERVO) since 2013. 

As detailed in theses guidelines, external scientific users can apply on a peer review competitive basis for ship time on-board R/V SOCIB. Daily costs as approved in December 2013 are detailed in costs Annex

The procedure for competitive access to SOCIB R/V ship time is the same as for all R/V that are managed by the Spanish Commission responsible for coordination of R/V activities (COCSABO, Comisión de Coordinación y Seguimiento de las Actividades de los Buques Oceanográficos) where she has been included since 2013. 

COCSABO coordinates all the scientific and technical activities carried out by the Spanish oceanographic research vessels (those belonging to IEO and CSIC, and also the BIO Hesperides), including the scheduling and calendar of each vessel.

In order to apply for competitive ship time on-board R/V SOCIB the formal procedure includes an application form (proposal template Annex) that is evaluated by the COCSABO. More detailed information, including prices, forms and availability can be found at COCSABO website

As explained in this site1 , to apply for an oceanographic campaign from the Spanish research fleet, an application has to be filled usually through projects of the Spanish National R+D Plan. Once a Project is approved, the National Plan sends to the COCSABO a list of the projects to be financed that include ship time for a certain R/V. COCSABO creates a final annual schedule for each of one the R/Vs. This information is circulated through the National Plan for Research and accordingly external users that have applied through the National Plan will be informed. 

In line with the indications provided in the same site, Universities, public research institutions, and/or commercial organizations can apply for direct non-competitive access to the R/V SOCIB, then contacting directly the Office of the Director of SOCIB. 

1  COCSABO: Procedimiento del Grupo de Trabajo de Calendarios, Julio 2