Research expeditions

At any one time scientists and technicians from the UK community can be at sea on numerous vessels. Discover where they are and what they are trying to achieve.

Latest expedition

RRS James Cook

Cruise Principal Scientist & Institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
Port Call 

Port Call 





June 2015


Port Call
Intentions are for 'James Cook' to commence demobilisation after arrival. The ' James Cook' will then start mobilisation for JC123. Departure from Southampton to start JC123 is scheduled for 3rd July. There is a crew change scheduled for the 2nd July.

RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal Scientist & Institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
Richard Lampitt
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Northeast Atlantic
June 2015
Sustained observations of properties and processes at the PAP Observatory
This cruise will service the multi instrumented PAP Sustained Observatory. We will replace, update and enhance the suite of instruments that record and telemeter key physical and biogeochemical properties of the water column all the year round.
In addition we will be collecting water samples at many depths at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, to benchmark all our instruments and ensure our data is always accurate. We will sample the mesopelagic and the seabed and in cooperation with our colleagues here at NOC and at other leading oceanographic institutions, we will continue to identify and measure fundamental processes that occur in open ocean waters.
This will enhance our understanding of and confidence in connecting the essential biogeochemical cycles of our oceans.
Further information can be found here and here


Ship position

This map shows the positions of the NOC operated vessels RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook.  While every effort is made to keep this map up to date sometimes postion updates are not possible.

Update from the ship (PIM)


DTG: 030715 1200

Zone: GMT


Position: 49 01'N 016 25W

V/L on DP


Weather: Variable force 4-6, Mod/ Rough sea and swell, Overcast with frequent heavy rain showers. Visibility moderate/ poor in rain showers

Status: Operations suspended overnight due to passage of cyclonic weather system. MIO CTD, red camera frame and snow catchers undertaken this morning. Preparation of bathysnap mooring ongoing.

Intentions: Deploy Bathysnap mooring, continue with snow catchers and CTD. Overnight trawl.

Other: 1 minutes silence observed at 1200BST.




Cruise: JC123

Ships Time: +1 UTC

DTG: 03-07-15

a. 0845 Check-lists completed and in Good Order SBE

b. TBA

c. 565

d. FW  ROB 198T

e. POB 53

f. 0909 Clear of Berth. 0924 Clear of Cut

g. POB 0855/Pilot Away 1037

h. 03/1130L

i. Passage to Vibro core Test site to the South of Isle of Wight. On completion vessel will set onto Cape Wrath.

Other expeditions


Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2014. Read more about 2014's expeditions


Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2013. Read more about 2013's expeditions


Learn about the research expeditions that took place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2012. Read more about 2012's expeditions

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