NOC COVID-19 Response

NOC operations during UK Coronavirus

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.

Our staff are contactable in the usual ways. Our Staff Directory contains email addresses for all departments.

NOC buildings

Access to both NOC sites, in Southampton and Liverpool, is currently restricted, with access to visitors by application only. Visitor applications should be made via staff contact.

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 of the research ships we operate, RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook have now returned to operations. You can view their positions and expedition details.

Science delivery

Our science teams are Smart Working, both from the office and from home, they remain contactable and are 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 are bringing several in-person and hybrid events back to the NOC and our calendar of business events is filling up again. Keep up to date with where we are and what's on offer via our social media channels and Ocean News email bulletins.

NHS assistance

NOC engineers assisted the University of Southampton to develop a prototype personal respirator called ‘PeRSo’, intended to address the availability and limitations of existing protective equipment doctors and nurses are wearing while treating patients with COVID-19.

The team, who work in the NOC’s sensor technology and engineering departments have been contributing their skills, knowledge and equipment to the project and helping to involve contacts in private industry.

Read more about PeRSo on the University of Southampton website.

Stay updated

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