The Vessels and Onboard Systems department is a technological department whose work is mainly involved in developments of the Ifremer fleet: ocean class vessels, coastal class vessels and common onboard equipment. It is therefore responsible for the construction, modernization or evolution of Ifremer research vessels. It is particulary involved in the development of their scientific equipment, communication systems and IT hardware. It also designs all the necessary software for the acquisition, processing and study of data obtained at sea. Part of the department’s work involves research and development in acoustics. The department works closely with the scientific community and the fleet operator Genavir.
The department has 25 members.