Rising gas prices may have one more causality, one you many not have thought of…oceanographic science. Our main tool is the research vessel, large contraptions we use to steam across the vast oceans collecting data. The R/V New Horizon from Scripps take 39,000 gallons of marine diesel. Currently diesel in California is at an average of $4.97 per gallon. So to fill up that is going to take $193,830.00. How many gallons of fuel does a ship go through each day? On the larger ships it can be 4,000 to 4,500 gallons of fuel a day.
Can I pay for that in monthly installments?
Just a year ago it was $75, 270 to fill up.
“Our fuel costs are now more than half our total costs” for ship operations, said Tom Althouse, Scripps’ marine superintendent, who oversees the fleet’s day-to-day performance.
The good news may be that rising prices for diesel will also lower trawling of the oceans.