Research Expeditions

Research Expeditions

At any one time scientists and technicians from the UK marine community can be at sea on numerous vessels. This page provides information on the current research expeditions being undertaken by our two Royal Research Ships Discovery and James Cook. Here you can discover where our ships are and what they are aiming to achieve.


Updates from the ships’ Plans of Intended Movement (PIM)


RRS Discovery RRS James Cook

Vessel: Discovery


DTG:   151018 08:00

Zone:   Z - 3

Exped: DY092

Subj:    Position report

Pos:  24 42S 043 19W

Co:    280

Spd:  13.3kts

WX:   SE’ly force 3, Overcast, occasional showers, Slight sea and low swell


Status: On passage to Santos Brazil.


Intentions: Continue passage to Santos Brazil. Provisional ETA to pilot station 2100/ 15th October



Vessel:  James Cook


DTG: 151018 0800

Time Zone: UTC+1


a: SST, Reina Sofia Norte, Las palmas

b: Mobilisation for JC174


Ships’ positions

This map shows the positions of the NOC operated vessels RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook. While every effort is made to keep this map up to date sometimes position updates are not possible.


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Latest Expeditions

RRS James Cook

Cruise Principal scientist & institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim



Las Palmas Gran Canaria  

James Cook -  arrived Las Palmas Gran Canaria on Monday 1st October and construction of Geomar Mesocosms on the quay side with the completed units being loaded on to the ships aft deck.

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RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal scientist & institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim

National Oceanography Centre 

Durban South Africa 


Discovery sailed from Durban 2nd October and is now on passage to Santos Brazil. 




Previous and Upcoming Expeditions

Learn about the previous research expeditions that have been undertaken.