NOC COVID-19 Response

NOC Operations During UK Coronavirus Lockdown 

The NOC is supporting its staff to work from home where possible so that we can continue to undertake our research activities, deliver our contractual commitments and maintain our core business functions. 

The majority of our staff are working, and contactable in the usual ways. Our Staff Directory contains email addresses for all departments. 

NOC Buildings 
Both of the NOC sites, in Southampton and Liverpool, are currently closed to all staff and visitors with the exception of essential personnel required to keep key services running. 

There is no access to NOC facilities such as BOSCORF, Discovery Collections and our Laboratories, Workshops and Testing Facilities at this time. 

Access to free marine data remains available online via BODC

Deliveries are still being accepted at NOC Southampton, and all deliveries for NOC Liverpool are being redirected. All delivery queries should be directed to NOC Estates on 023 8059 6666. 

Royal Research Ships 
Both the research ships we operate, RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook have returned to dock in Southampton and will remain alongside until it is safe to resume operations. The NERC Cruise Programme Executive Board (CPEB) is the body responsible for the ships programme and is undertaking regular reviews. See NERC announcement for the latest position.

Science Delivery 
The majority of our science teams are working from home, are contactable, and continuing to deliver against their obligations. We are continuing to publish research papers and work towards scientific outputs. Queries relating to the delivery of projects, should be made to the relevant Principal Investigator or Science and Project Support Team via 

Public Events 
We regret that our usual programme of public events has been affected, including our annual open day and monthly talks, but we are looking at ways to move some elements online. 

NHS Assistance

NOC engineers have been assisting the University of Southampton to develop a prototype personal respirator called ‘PeRSo’, intended to address the availability and limitations of existing protective equipment doctors and nurses are wearing while treating patients with COVID-19. 

The team, who work in the NOC’s sensor technology and engineering departments have been contributing their skills, knowledge and equipment to the project and helping to involve contacts in private industry.

NOC staff are contributing to the nationwide effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers as part of the drive to provide vital kit to help keep NHS and care home staff safe as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Working in partnership with local non-profit organisation So Make It, as of Tuesday this week the team has so far helped produce more than 1500 3D-printed face shields at a rate of around 250 per day, which have already been donated to frontline workers at Southampton General Hospital and Solent NHS Trust. Read more →

Stay Updated 
We will update our community regarding any further developments via this page, our social media channels and NOCmail email bulletins.