Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s One Ocean Expedition: NERSC is onboard!

One year from now, the Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl is setting sail for a 19 month-long circumnavigation of the globe. Sustainability and improving knowledge about the ocean will be the main focus. We, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, are excited to be joining part of this adventure!


What is the “One Ocean” Expedition?: Statsraad Lehmkuhl in port in Bergen, 20.08.2020 before the press conference announcing the One Ocean Expedition: Photo: Sebastian Mernild, NERSC: Statsraad Lehmkuhl in port in Bergen, 20.08.2020 before the press conference announcing the One Ocean Expedition: Photo: Sebastian Mernild, NERSC

 The expedition “One Ocean – Setting sail for the future” is part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail around the world from August 2021 to April 2023 in order to raise awareness for ocean sustainability, to enable ocean research, and to educate. Statsraad Lehmkuhl will cover over 50.000 nautical miles and visit 37 ports. The start port is Arendal, Norway, and after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, sailing around the southern tip of South America into the Pacific Ocean, all the way to the Indian Ocean and along the African coast, the South Atlantic will be crossed  to stop in Puerto Rico, before setting sail across the North Atlantic for the final destination after one and a half years: Bergen!


Who is joining?

On Thursday, the 20th of August, Erna Solberg, a goodwill ambassador of the expedition, joined by many others, announced the One Ocean Expedition during a press conference onboard the tall ship in port in Bergen.

Onboard during the 19 months will be senior and junior researchers, students, pupils, and people passionate about adventure and ocean sustainability. Tickets for parts of the trip will be available for regular people interested in joining the expedition. National and international institutions are participating in the expedition, dividing the 19-month long trip in smaller parts   focusing on education and research.

Institutions from Bergen participating so far are among others the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, NORCE, the University of Bergen, the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, the Institute of Marine Research, and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center!


What is NERSC planning onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl during “One Ocean”?

NERSC is excited to go onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl in Maputo, Mozambique and sail to Cape Town, South Africa. This part of the expedition is 1171 nautical miles long and will take about 10 days in January of 2023. Plans for an onboard summer school during this voyage is ongoing. The topics of the summer school will be regional oceanography tied to environmental and climate-related problems, and the participants will be involved in surveying and collecting data. One significant difference between using a tall ship and a research vessel is that the passengers actively participate in crew-related tasks onboard, making the summer school sailing trip unforgettable in more than one way!


What is the research aspect of NERSC’s plans onboard?

The summer school will be connected to the 3-year project “Partnership for Education and Cooperation in Operational Oceanography” (PECO2) under NERSC leadership, which is starting in late autumn 2020. The project is funded by the International Partnerships for Excellent Education, Research and Innovation (INTPART) program by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) and the Research Council of Norway (NFR).

PECO2 is very relevant for several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, such as #13 Climate Action, #14 Life Below Water, and #17 Partnerships to achieve the Goal, and focuses, among other areas, on the ocean around Southern Africa. Other partners in PECO2 are the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen and the international Nansen Centers in Cape Town, Cohin, and Beijing. And with the active participation of the Nansen-Tutu Center in Cape Town, we will be able to organize the summer school and make it relevant for participants from countries in Southern Africa.



Read more about the One Ocean Expedition on Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s website:


And to find out what the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research is planning on their part of the expedition, go here:

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