Net Zero Oceanographic Capability Workshop 3

Net Zero Oceanographic Capability

Next Generation Research Ships: Emerging & future technology in research ship design

Thursday 11 March 2021 


The Net Zero Oceanographic Capability Future Ship Technologies work package was set up to assess and better understand the emerging challenges and opportunities for a low to zero GHG emissions oceanographic research ship infrastructure that aligns with the UKRI objective of becoming a net zero organisation by 2040. Focused on the next generation of research ships to 2035, this timeframe potentially coincides with a critical inflection point in the development of emerging technologies necessary to deliver the transformative change in the maritime operating environment needed to achieve the low to zero emission goals proposed by NERC. It also presents the opportunity to review and reflect on the developing maturity of a range of the supporting scientific technology and support infrastructure needed to deliver 21st century marine science.

The next generation research ship work package seeks to:


  • Assess the potential emerging technology developments in ship propulsion and power systems and research ship design to enable a low to zero GHG emission delivery
  • Review the changing and developing science and technology landscape that will influence research ship design and fleet structure focussed on the 2035 milestone of the replacement of the RRS James Cook.
  • Consider the options for the future UK research fleet structure in the context of collaborative infrastructure arrangements both within the UK and internationally


The National Oceanography Centre’s National Marine Facilities (NMF) division is leading a team of national experts investigating the drivers and enablers of emerging technology and ship design concepts for the next generation of research ship design looking to 2035, and invites you to join the project’s Future Ship Technologies work package leads, Colin Day and Dr Andy Tate, for the third in NZOC workshop series, Next Generation Research Ships: emerging & future technology in research ship design. This virtual workshop seeks to capture a diverse range of stakeholder opinion, offering the opportunity to discuss the emerging technologies and ship design concepts that will enable a low to zero GHG emission research ship supporting the next generation of scientific equipment capabilities required to deliver 21st century marine science.


Please note that registration does not guarantee a place, and the workshop leads will review all applications to promote diversity and a balance of interests. For those who cannot attend, the NZOC team will make the plenary sessions available online with the opportunity to submit written feedback.


To Contact the NZOC Team please visit   


To Register please click here 


National Oceanography Centre 

European Way, Southampton 

Hampshire, SO14 3ZH