horizlineThe Cruise

    • Cruise JC106 of the RRS James Cook.
    • July 16-August 25, 2014. Mid-cruise port call in Killybegs, County Donegal, NW Ireland on August4, 2014.
    • Leg 1 (July 16-August 4) – Celtic Sea, eastern and western Irish Sea, Northern Approaches (T3, T4 and T7)
    • Leg 2 (August 4-25) – Northern Approaches, Donegal Bay, western Irish margins (T7, T6 and T5)

    This the first of two cruises on the RRS James Cook which make up the marine component of BRITICE-CHRONO.  It will cover the Celtic and Irish seas, the northern approaches to the Barra Fan, and the NW and western Irish shelf. The second cruise will take place in 2015 to the North Sea.

    During the cruises geophysical data in the form of multibeam echo sounder and sub-bottom profiler data will be collected and will be used to identify targets for coring. Coring will utilise a British Geological Survey 6 m long vibrocorer system and NOC 10 m piston corer.


    The Ship


    The Natural Environment Research Council’s state-of-the-art ship, the RRS James Cook, is the latest addition to its fleet of oceanographic research vessels, and came into service in 2006. The ship is designed to carry scientists to some of Earth’s most challenging environments, from tropical oceans to the edge of the ice sheets.  It plays a significant role in delivering NERC’s science priorities both now and in the coming decades.  Substantially larger than its predecessor, the RRS Charles Darwin, the RRS James Cook is fitted with some of the most modern scientific systems available.  In addition the ship has been built to meet the ICES Cooperative Research Report no. 209 – Underwater Noise of Research Vessels, so called ICES 209 standard, meaning she is one of the quietest research vessels currently afloat.  RRS James Cook is also built with a Dynamic Positioning (DP) system, enabling the ship hold station in all but the most violent weather.  This combines with the ability to deploy the Isis ROV to make RRS James Cook one of the most advanced research vessels currently in service.

    Specifications and Capabilities

    • Single & multibeam echosounder surveys
    • Integrated data logging
    • Seismic surveys
    • Clean seawater sampling
    • Remotely Operated Vehicle operations
    • CTD surveys
    • Deepwater coring, trawling, and towing



    For more detailed information about the RRS James Cook, click here.




    • Colm O’Cofaigh (Durham University; Chief Scientist);
    • James Scourse (Bangor University);
    • Richard Chiverrell (University of Liverpool);
    • Katrien Van Landeghem (Bangor);
    • Sara Benetti (University of Ulster, Coleraine);
    • Louise Callard (Durham University);
    • Margot Saher (Bangor University);
    • Kasper Weilbach (Durham University);
    • Riccardo Arosio (Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban);
    • Jenny Gales (British Geological Survey);
    • Stephen Livingstone (University of Sheffield);
    • Kevin Schiele (University of Ulster, Coleraine);
    • Catriona Purcell (Bangor University);
    • Zoe Roseby (Bangor University);
    • Elke Hanenkamp (University of Leicester);
    • Fabio Sacchetti (Marine Institute, Ireland);
    • Marian McGrath (MMO; University College Cork, Ireland);
    • Daniel Praeg (OGS, Trieste, Italy);
    • Alex Ingle.