The Navigator is in charge of planning and executing the path the ship takes during a cruise leg. This requires them to not only plan the overall path the ship will take during that leg, but also the small movements that the ship must constantly make while the ROVs are exploring the sea floor so that the ship is always close by the ROVs. This intricate series of movements requires constant communication between the Navigator and the ship’s bridge as well as extreme attention to detail in order to keep track of the ship and both of the ROVs at all times. One of the three navigators on any particular leg is the Lead Navigator, who oversees and trains the other two.
Several of our regular Navigators began working aboard Nautilus through one of our internship programs.