Opening of Norwegian Ocean Laboratory

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg had the pleasure of opening the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory at Marineholmen in Bergen 30 May. The laboratory will host world-class research infrastructure and facilitate collaborative cross-border technology development for ocean research.

Published: 30 May 2016
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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg opening the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory at Marineholmen in Bergen 30 mai.

Bergen institutes host several national research infrastructures. Several of these will be combined in the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory to strengthen the clusters world-class deep-marine research capability. Important activities include mapping of marine mineral resources, bioprospecting, establishing fish quota, monitor climate change and possible effects of petroleum activities. 

A Creativity Laboratory

Engineers, researcher and students from both industry and universities will work closely together to develop the next generation integrated monitoring technology and methodology. The locations will be used to maintain and mobilise equipment for a wide range of test cruises. The facility will also include offices and will operate the new ocean observatory in Lofoten-Vesterålen.

- The lab is in the core of the GCE Subsea strategy, creating a joint innovation platform to establishing new projects, solutions and companies says Jon O. Hellevang, Senior Subsea Innovator in GCE Subsea.

About the Laboratory

The laboratory is initiated by the University of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR). The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) has become partner, and Bergen University College and Christian Michelsen Research are about to join.

The University of Bergen (UiB) hosts important national R&D infrastructures such as National Marine Robotics Facility and Norwegian Atlantic Current Observatory. This includes a state-of-the art Remotely Operating Vehicle (ROV) that can operate down to 6,000 meters depths as well as several Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and gliders.

The Institute of Marine Research operates six research vessels that are important platforms for testing new technology, supporting annual marine mapping missions and a wide range of international R&D projects.

Centre for Deep Sea Research has Secured Funding

The Prime Minister announced that the Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen (UiB) has been funded by the K. G. Jebsen fund. The centre will focus on seafloor mapping, hydrothermal systems, life in extreme environments, deep sea environment and management, ocean-seafloor interactions, seafloor mineral resources, deep sea geodynamics, bioprospecting and roots of life.

UiB has pioneered deep-sea research in Norway. In 2007, UiB was awarded a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF) in Geobiology that has developed multidisciplinary deep-sea research. The K.G Jebsen fund will secure an increase in research capability and activity within this key area following the end of the SFF period in 2017.

GCE Subsea will collaborate with the centre to establishing the amount of mineral resources available and develop integrated monitoring technology and methodology. More details about the funding will be available in the autumn.

Read more about the Deep Sea Research Centre (external site).


Contact Information:

Jon O. Hellevang

Senior Subsea Innovator
+47 988 48 828