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.
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 are returning to dock in Southampton and will remain alongside until it is safe to resume operations.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
We will update our community regarding any further developments via this page, our social media channels and NOCmail email bulletins.