|Namesake:||Titan Oceanus of Greek mythology|
|Owner:||National Science Foundation|
|Operator:||Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences|
|Port of registry:||U.S.|
|Builder:||Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|Maiden voyage:||April 1976|
|Class and type:||Regional Class (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System classification)|
|Tonnage:||260.68 Gross Tons|
|Length:||177 feet (54 m)|
|Beam:||33 feet (10 m)|
|Draft:||17.5 feet (5.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 EMD diesel engine, 3,000 SHP, 350 HP trainable bow thruster|
|Complement:||12 crew, up to 19 project personnel|
RV Oceanus is a Regional Class research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation. The ship was delivered to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for operation as a part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet in November, 1975. Oceanus made her first operational cruise in April, 1976 and operated under WHOI for thirty-six years in the Atlantic with some operations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. The ship was scheduled to be retired in November 2011 but instead was transferred to Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, for operation, replacing her sister ship, R/V Wecoma.
On January 25, 2012 the ship began transit to Newport, Oregon and the Hatfield Marine Science Center for operation by Oregon State University. Oceanus and arrived in Newport, Oregon on February 21, 2012 before the March retirement of Wecoma. The ship is intended as an interim replacement for her sister ship after a National Science Foundation analysis at Oregon State's request of cost-effective operation of a mid-sized vessel over the period of up to ten years before a new ship is available.
Oceanus was built by Peterson Builders of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to a design by John W. Gilbert Associates, Boston, completed 1975 with a mid-life refit in 1994. The ship is 177 feet (54 m) in length by 33 feet (10 m) beam and 17.5 feet (5.3 m) draft powered by a single EMD diesel engine of 3,000 SHP for a cruising speed of 11 knots with a 7,000 nautical mile range. She carries a crew of 12 with capacity for up to 19 project personnel with 1,185 square feet of laboratory space.
- "RV Oceanus". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. "R/V Oceanus". Oregon State University. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- News and Research Communications, Oregon State University (January 17, 2012). "Osu To Retire One Research Vessel, Take Over Operation Of Another". Oregon State University. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- "OSU Webcams - R/V Oceanus". Oregon State University. 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "R/V Oceanus Specifications". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- R/V Oceanus Specifications, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (General reference for ship specifications)