The beating heart of the ship

Hi, I’m Bernard. I am the Commanding Officer of the research vessel A962 Belgica. Together with the other 15 crew members of the Belgian Navy, our job is to bring the scientific team where they have to work and provide them with all kind of support to execute their job in an efficient,  secure and pleasant way. We have…

Birds and Marine Mammals of the Celtic Sea

The Biology Conservation Unit (RBINS) has collected presence and abundance data on seabirds and marine mammals in the Southern Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and since recently in the Atlantic, the North Sea and the central Pacific Ocean.  The aim of this long term program is to monitor marine top predators during transect on board research…

3, 2, 1, aaaaaaaaaand action!

Today’s blog will be covered by myself, Luke O’Reilly. I am an Irish PhD student from University College Cork. My project focuses on the temporal variation of cold-water coral habitats from the Porcupine Bank Canyon. I am relatively new to the postgraduate scene; I started my research in January 2018. Although my project is based…

A nice day in Bantry Bay

Since yesterday, we are anchored at Bantry Bay, Ireland, hiding for the bad weather at the working location. Over here it is dead calm and even a bit warm, with the land sheltering us from the wind and swell, which makes it hard to imagine the harsh situation at our study sites. I am Ruud,…

The First Dive

Hi all! I am Shan Liu, the Chinese volunteer of the team… I graduated as geological engineer at China University of Geoscience in Wuhan, and am currently doing a PhD at Ghent University. My research area is marine geology and geophysics. During this survey, my duty is to help to acquire single channel seismic data…

RV Belgica GOLLUM

From Wednesday 23 May 2018 until Friday 8 June 2018, RV Belgica will be surveying the upper reaches of the Gollum Channel System, located on the eastern slope of the Porcupine Seabight, offshore Ireland. The shipboard scientific team consists out of 10 scientists and technicians from Ghent University (RCMG, Dept. of Geology), Flanders Marine Institute…

“This is Patagonia”

For our last two days on the field, we went back to lakes. On our to-do list was Lago Plomo and, because we had a reliable boat, a nice running engine, and a few hours to spare, we decided to add an extra glacier-influenced lake: Lago Bayo. During these two days we stayed at Puerto…