The ship will be equipped for research and investigation of the entire marine ecosystem. Most of the technology on board has been developed by world-leading knowledge clusters in Norway.
The pursuit of knowledge
- What impact does CO2 emissions have on the oceans and ocean acidification, and what can we do to reduce the effects?
- How can we overcome plastic pollution, which is causing extensive damage throughout the marine food chain?
- What can we do to save endangered species?
- How can we reduce bycatch and make harvesting of marine resources more sustainable?
- Are there untapped resources in the oceans, which through sustainable harvest could provide new sources of food or energy for future generations?
These are just some of the many questions researchers on board the vessel will be able to study in-depth.
According to the WWF’s ”Living Planet Report” from 2016, fish, seabird, mammal and reptile populations declined by 36 percent on average from 1970 to 2012, illustrating the need for a large-scale rescue effort. Ocean habitats from the tropics to the poles are also declining fast. If pollution continues at the same pace, one estimate shows that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
In order to rectify the situation, we need to intensify efforts to combat climate change and illegal fishing, develop more environmentally friendly fishing methods, and reduce and clear up waste and pollution in the oceans. There is also a pressing need for global action through both private and public initiatives to shift the world’s population towards a more climate-friendly and renewable future.
The new vessel will be a much-needed contribution to these efforts.
An independent scientific committee will evaluate and recommend research projects to pursue, and ensure the highest level of scientific standards and research quality. An international advisory board will provide guidance and advice on how to develop the initiative further.
The ship will be fitted with high-tech equipment for monitoring and surveying marine areas, currents, the seabed, fish, animals and plant life in all of the world’s oceans.
The ship will also feature cutting-edge laboratory facilities for analysis work, as well as an auditorium for lectures and debates. Live streaming will ensure state of the art communication and continuous dissemination of the research done on board the vessel.
This way, knowledge is gathered and refined precisely where the challenges in the ocean are greatest and most needed.