Reasons to set sail

We're on a boat

Don't we know enough?

It's costly and complicated but we still have so much to learn.

After the expedition

Data makes pretty charts

Results of the cruise

What happens to the findings after a cruise and how you can get them.

Planning the expedition

Hoping for better weather

Getting ready to go to sea

Technicians and crew prepare the ship and equipment.


RRS Discovery looking grand

Research Vessels

More than just transport, these ships are part of the science.


Exploration at sea

equipment being deployed

Investigating equipment

Take a look at some of the tools used by scientists.

Research expeditions

A sunset and crew on deck shows we work all day

Details of the science work

The latest and past cruises involving the ships and scientists of NOC.

For Cruise Participants

The links below provide information for those wanting to book ship time or equipment, and people joining a research cruise.

Useful links


National Marine Facilities Sea Systems

National Marine Facilities Sea Systems (NMFSS) operate the RRS Discovery, RRS James Cook and the National Marine Equipment Pool.

NMFSS Groups

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

All updated information for cruise participants can be found using the Marine Facilities Planning website: