NOC COVID-19 Response

NOC Operations During UK Coronavirus Lockdown 

The NOC is supporting its staff to work from home where possible so that we can continue to undertake our research activities, deliver our contractual commitments and maintain our core business functions. 

The majority of our staff are working, and contactable in the usual ways. Our Staff Directory contains email addresses for all departments. 

NOC Buildings 
Both of the NOC sites, in Southampton and Liverpool, are currently closed to all staff and visitors with the exception of essential personnel required to keep key services running. 

There is no access to NOC facilities such as BOSCORF, Discovery Collections and our Laboratories, Workshops and Testing Facilities at this time. 

Access to free marine data remains available online via BODC

Deliveries are still being accepted at NOC Southampton, and all deliveries for NOC Liverpool are being redirected. All delivery queries should be directed to NOC Estates on 023 8059 6666. 

Royal Research Ships 
Both the research ships we operate, RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook are returning to dock in Southampton and will remain alongside until it is safe to resume operations. 

Science Delivery 
The majority of our science teams are working from home, are contactable, and continuing to deliver against their obligations. We are continuing to publish research papers and work towards scientific outputs. Queries relating to the delivery of projects, should be made to the relevant Principal Investigator or Science and Project Support Team via 

Public Events 
We regret that our usual programme of public events has been affected, including our annual open day and monthly talks, but we are looking at ways to move some elements online. 

NHS Assistance  
We are currently looking at ways which our staff and resources can be of assistance to the NHS at this time. 

Stay Updated 
We will update our community regarding any further developments via this page, our social media channels and NOCmail email bulletins.