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Update to 20/21 NERC Marine Facilities Programme in response to COVID-19

12/06/2020

Update to 20/21 NERC Marine Facilities Programme in response to COVID-19

In April 2020, NERC’s Cruise Programme Executive Board (CPEB) suspended the published 2020/21 Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a thorough evaluation of the seagoing operating environments and all of the associated risks, in June 2020 CPEB considered and approved a new ‘recovery’ 2020/21 MFP which NMF will now work to deliver in conjunction with the nominated Chief Scientists.

Delivery of this new recovery 2020/21 MFP will be dependent on the ability to undertake seagoing operations as planned, amidst the changing COVID-19 environment. Each planned activity will be continuously assessed in the lead up to and throughout delivery, with the safety of all seagoing and shore-based personnel the primary focus, and further amendments to the MFP may be required in the future. Discussions with all stakeholders regarding the 2021/22 MFP will start as soon as possible.

Depending on conditions and guidance extant at the time, there may be additional COVID-19 requirements and restrictions that apply in relation to joining and working on board ships which will be notified to those proposing to embark.

Any queries relating to the 2020/21 programme or to future seagoing activities should be directed to NERC Marine Planning.


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