photo: Overhead view of the Scripps Marine Facility
Nimitz Marine Facility
The Nimitz Marine Facility, which is the support and management center for Scripps fleet of research vessels and platform, is one of the largest and most completely outfitted operating bases at any oceanographic institution. Located on 5.7 acres of land (near the tip of Point Loma), the 110-meter finger pier and 85-meter quay wall can accommodate 5 ships and the platform FLIP, and as many as 7 ships doubled up. The piers afford a complete suite of utilities connections for vessels. The marine facility hosts visiting research vessels from US and foreign institutions as time and space permit.
Buildings adjacent to the pier and quay wall house shops, the control room of marine radio station WWD, scientific staging and storage areas, administrative offices, and shipboard technical support spaces and offices.
The marine facility is capable of carrying out a variety of ship maintenance, repair, and modification work "in house". Scientific equipment of every description can be loaded and unloaded, or prepared and sent to ports around the world.