National Marine Facilities (NMF)

RRS Discovery celebrates 100th anniversary and becomes the first to use the Babcock’s Rosyth facility

RRS Discovery arriving in Rosyth for refit. Image Credit: Brian Donovan
  • The RRS Discovery is the first UK Royal Research Ship to be refitted in Babcock’s Rosyth facilities as part of the Government’s £45 million award to maintain its flagship scientific research vessels

Paving the way for international world leading science research expeditions

The crew circumnavigating the A76a iceberg onboard the RRS Discovery
  • The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is set to manage multiple international world leading science research expeditions in 2023.
  • Recent expeditions include the DY158 expedition which circumnavigated the A76a megaberg.

Government awards £45 million to maintain flagship scientific research vessels

£45 million in funding to maintain the UK’s state-of-the-art fleet of research vessels was recently announced by Industry and Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani.

RRS Discovery begins 9,000-mile voyage to explore remote ocean depths

The RRS Discovery

The RRS Discovery, operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), will embark on a 9,000-mile expedition today (27 October) to conduct an extensive scientific survey within the South Atlantic ocean – and could even discover new species in previously unexplored depths.

Life on board Discovery

World Maritime Day spotlight: meet Rachel Astell, 3rd Officer, RRS Discovery

Rachel Astell, 3rd Officer, RRS Discovery

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) provides world leading facilities to the whole UK marine research community through the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP), the largest centralised marine scientific equip­ment pool in Europe.

RRS James Cook sets sail to study human impacts on deep-sea ecosystems

RRS James Cook

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have set-sail on the RRS James Cook on a collaborative expedition to the Whittard Canyon to advance knowledge of some of the richest and most complex deep-sea ecosystems on Earth.

UK ocean research community secures global expert in robotics

Dr Maaten Furlong

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), one of the world’s top ocean science organisations for research and innovation, has appointed a global expert in autonomous and robotics development to lead the UK’s national marine research facility.

Scientists discover world’s longest underwater avalanche after rescue of lost data

Image: sensors being put in place. Image credit: Professor Pete Talling

Prompt action by scientists recovered sensors drifting across the Atlantic Ocean that held data on a seabed sediment avalanche that travelled for 1,100km to ocean depths of 4,500m.

NERC promote Respect at Sea with the launch of new training video

Creating an even more inclusive workplace culture is an ongoing priority for marine science institutions worldwide.

Given the unique working environment of research ships and the potential to be at sea for weeks or even months, it is essential to promote positive values that instil respect for their colleagues.

New expedition aims to assist in UK strategy in combatting climate change

RRS James Cook ready to set sail to to the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre.

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will be embarking on an expedition to the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre to measure ocean changes and how they affect the UK’s weather systems.