Marine facilities

NERC provides access to a range of marine facilities in support of marine science including research ships, technicians and marine science equipment.

The NERC Marine Facilities Programme covers all of the seagoing scientific services and facilities for which NERC provides infrastructure and capital funding in order that they can be provided to the NERC community.

The programme aims to include:

  • approximately 550 days of science a year on the ships operated by the National Marine Facilities (NMF) at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the RRS James Cook and the RRS Discovery and
  • approximately 60 NERC science days a year on the ships operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) - the RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton.

Time can also be requested on the recognised NERC facility RV Prince Madog run by the joint venture company, P&O Maritime Ocean Sciences (POMOS).

The NERC Marine Facilities Programme is developed by NERC in consultation with NMF and BAS.

Who is the marine facilities programme for?

Scientists who have secured funding from NERC, from a non-NERC peer-reviewed source
(eg the EU or the US National Science Foundation) or from commissioned research, can bid to NERC for access to its ships and equipment support facilities.

Find out more about NERC marine facilities using the links on the right.


Natalie Clark
Marine planning officer
07703 380220