Marine facilities - Equipment

National Marine Facilities and the National Marine Equipment Pool

National Marine Facilities provide technical services including staff and the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP) to the NERC marine facilities programme.

You can view further details of these facilities on the National Oceanography Centre website - external link.

Applying to use equipment from the NMEP

Although applications for these facilities will normally be considered as part of a bid for NERC ship time, applications for National Marine Facilities services and equipment may be made separately; this is especially pertinent to specialised facilities such as the moorings team, which are not always connected to a specific cruise and also must adhere to additional policies.

Applications for equipment independent to a NERC cruise should be made in the same way as applications for ship time, via the Marine Facilities Planning online tool (see how to apply for full details), using a Ship-time and Marine Equipment (SME) form.

Other NERC facilities

If you intend to include the use of these facilities in a bid for NERC funding, you may be required to obtain a costing before submitting your funding application. See individual facility web pages for further details.

Note: As of 31 March 2018 NERC no longer funds the National Facility for Scientific Diving (NFSD) - external link. Please see information regarding this facility on the facilities list page.

Non-NERC marine facilities

NERC is a member of the Ocean Facilities Exchange Group (OFEG), and through this has an agreement with the following international partners for barter exchange of a wide range of marine facilities:

  • Ifremer (France)
  • IMR (Norway)
  • BMBF and GEOMAR (Germany)
  • NIOZ (the Netherlands)
  • CSIC (Spain)

Find out more about the barter arrangements.

Since 2011, NERC has been part of a bi-lateral collaborative agreement with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain, which enhances the seismic capabilities of both partners through jointly planned support of marine geophysics cruises, including access to a 6000m digital Multi Channel Seismic Streamer (MCS), recording system, airguns, control systems and OBS.

Scientists applying for ship time though the normal NERC process can gain access to this facility by requesting marine geophysics equipment through the standard SME form.

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)

NERC have a bilateral agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) providing access to marine facilities programmed by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). The exchange of marine equipment and ship time is through a similar barter arrangement to that which NERC shares with OFEG partners.

Find out more about the barter arrangements.


Eleanor Darlington
Programme Manager, National Marine Facilities
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
07513 485330

Natalie Powney
Head of Marine Planning
07703 380220