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The New R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen - Countdown to the Naming Ceremony

Christening the new Nansen in Oslo

We have been writing about various aspects of the Nansen programme. FAO’s Manuel Barange reflected on his experiences on the Nansen. FAO’s Kwame Koranteng explained to us how survey cruises are organized with the countries. The Institute for Marine Research of Norway (IMR)’s Kathrine Michalsen spoke about all the exciting technology aboard the new vessel. [more]

Oslo seminars dedicated to the science behind the new Nansen vessel

The new marine research vessel, the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, was officially launched at the Akerhus Pier in Oslo, Norway on Friday afternoon, 24 March. If you missed our blog post about the tour on board this new vessel – the most technologically advanced marine research vessel in the world – you can read that here. [more]

Climb aboard. We’re expecting you! #EAFNansen

Thursday in Oslo was dedicated to an interesting Ocean Conference exploring many areas of research of the new Nansen vessel, and bringing colleagues from Africa to speak about their experiences as countries in which Nansen surveys took place. A day before the official Naming Ceremony, those of us who were conference participants were provided a sneak peek of the vessel – even more impressive under bright blue skies and blazing sunshine rather unusual for March in Norway. [more]

It’s not all about the waves - Nansen training on dry land

Over the past weeks, we’ve had our attention focused on the launch of the impressive new FAO-Norwegian marine research vessel – the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen – scheduled for 24 March in Oslo’s harbour. You may have seen our posts highlighting various aspects of the Nansen, from Manuel Barange, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division Director’s reflections on is time on the Nansen and his thoughts on what makes the programme so unique [more]

Climbing aboard for a peek at the new technology aboard the Nansen

Kathrine Michalsen is Principal Scientist at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR), based in Bergen, Norway. FAO and the Government of Norway, alongside Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, have collaborated on the Nansen project for over four decades. Dr. Michalsen coordinates research surveys with the Nansen and has served as a cruise leader aboard the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen on various research expeditions around the world. [more]

How does the Nansen project develop its survey voyages?

The numbers speak for themselves. Since the Nansen Programme began in 1974, the successive research vessels bearing the name Dr Fridtjof Nansen have made numerous survey voyages around the world – having sailed the staggering equivalent of over 60 times around the globe. [more]

FAO Fisheries’ Director recalls his experiences aboard the Nansen

Manuel Barange joined FAO this past May as its Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, but prior to assuming this position, he had a long history of collaboration with FAO, and in particular with the FAO-Norway Nansen programme. [more]

Happy retirement to the second Nansen!

The R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, recently retired from the project, was the second research vessel bearing this name and served the Nansen Programme for more than 23 years. Built in 1993 it has a length of 56.75 m, a breadth of 12.50m and accommodation for 32 persons. The vessel was equipped with laboratories for fish studies, biological, environmental and hydrographic work. [more]

The EAF-Nansen Project

The EAF-Nansen Project “Strengthening the Knowledge Base for and implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries” was an initiative to support the implementation of an ecosystem approach in the management of marine fisheries. The aim was to promote sustainable utilization of marine living resources and improved protection of the marine environment. [more]

The first R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen

The first R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen was built in 1974 as a fishery research vessel to the Norwegian VERITAS class IAI-stern trawler. It served the Nansen Programme until 1993, surveying shelves and slopes of tropical and subtropical regions. [more]
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