Cruises 2023

Cruises 2023

Call sign

Operating authority, 
Researching state


Purpose of cruise

Scientist in charge

Geographical Area

Application date



PolarXplorer, Norway, LAOS8Tűbitak, Turkey04.07.2023-02.08.2023Investigate the presence and intensity of the anthropogenic impacts on a global scale, and observe the parameters and effects of global climate change.Burcu Özsoy

70°00´N – 81°00´N

 02°00´E – 37°00´E

Walther Herwig III, German, DBFRBundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, Germany29.11.2023-19.12.2023Investigations on the occurence of fish diseases and parasits and biological effects of contaminants. OSPAR/HELCOM monitoring.  Pedro Miguel Agostinho52°03.00'N - 63°00.00'N/ 002°10.00'W - 028°18.00'E  08.05.2023  
Le Commandant Charcot, French, FMNBPonant, France, Italy26.08.2023-10.09.2023Contribute to the evaluation of the current state and major ongoing transformations of the Arctic marine systemMaurizio Azzaro

Svalbard Islands – North Pole – Iceland

77°N – 90°N/0°E – 30°E

64°N – 90°M/0°E – 30°E 

Svea, Swedish, SEYBSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden18.08.2023-04.09.2023International Bottom Trawl Survey Patrik BörjessonSkagerrak, Kattegat, North Sea02.05.2023  
Heincke, German, DBCKAlfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar-and Marine Research in the Helmholz-Association, Germany03.10.2023-12.10.2023 MARUM Cluster of Excellence 2077 – test  of seagoing vehicles to study gas seeps in the Northe Sea and the adjacent southern Norwegian Sea.  Achim KopfNorthern North Sea/Skagerak/Norwegian Sea28.04.2023  
Scotia, United Kingdom, MXHR 6Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, UK19.09.2023-02.10.2023HydrographyW.R. Turrell

JONSIS line (Orkney-Utsire) at 59.283N,

-002.233W through to 59.283N, 002.033E

Le Commandant Charcot, French, FMNBGermany22.06.2023-10.07.2023Climate change and ocean pollution in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic Ocean.Andreas Oschlies

Reykjavik, Iceland – east Greenland (Denmark) – Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)

(64°N - 80°N /30°E - 15°E)

Audacious BF83, British, MBJM6United Kingdom25.04.2023-04.05.2023Scottish monkfish surveyF. Burns

57° 30´ N – 62° 30´ N

4° 00´ W – 05° 00´ E
Atair, German, DBBIFederal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)18.07.2023-10.08.2023

Annual North Sea summer survey (NSSS) of the BSH dedicated to assess the physical and chemical status of the North Sea in summer 2023.


Dagmar KiekeNorth Sea, 51°N-60°N, 5°W-9°E05.04.2023  
Lun II, French (St Pierre et Miquelon), MMSI 361001400University of Brest (UBO), France01.06.2023-22.06.2023Better understanding of marine environmental changes in high latitudes, and their consequences on the fate of micro-planktonic siliceous organisms.  Aude Leynaert70°N - 60°N /4°E - 20°E28.03.202322.05.23 
Resolute BF50
United Kingdom
International Ecosystem Survey in the Nordic Sea (IESNS)Fabio Campanella

62° 00´ N – 73° 50´ N

13° 15´ W – 20° 40´ E

Walther Herwig III, German, DBFRBundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, Germany18.07.23-03.08.23 Shelf. International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) 2023 Q3 under ICES coordination, and German Small-scale Bottom Trawl Survey (GSBTS).


Anne SellEntire North Sea between 54°N to 62°N, particularly in those rectangles assigned to Germany by ICES.  06.03.2023  
Jákup Sverri, Faroese, XPZOHavstovan, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark29.06.23- 20.07.23International Ecosystem Summer Survey in the Nordic Seas, IESSNSEydna í Homrum60°00'N - 77°90'N, 32°00'W – 24°80'E06.03.202310.05.2023 
Arni Fridriksson, Icelandic, TFNAMarine and Freshwater Research Institute Iceland, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland03.07.23-22.07.23Abundance estimation of mackerel, herring and blue whiting (IESSNS 2023). Anna H. Olafsdottir60°00' N - 71°00' N, 40°00' W - 00°00' E 03.03.202304.05.2023 
Le Commandant Charcot, French, FMNBIfremer/University of Brest (UBO), France10.07.23-27.07.23Deploy autonomous platforms and perform expandable measurements in the Eurasian Arctic Basin.  Camille Lique/Nicolas Kolodziejczyk

North Svalbard - Eurasian Arctic Basin

(77°N - 90°N / 0°E - 35°E)

Solea, German, DBFHBundesanstalt fűr Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE)27.06.2023-17.07.2023Hydroacoustic monitoring of clupeid stocks.Matthias Schaber52°00' N - 57°00' N, 2°30' W - 9°00' E 28.02.2023  
RV Oceania, Polish, SQOCInstitute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland15.06.2023-10.09.2023Shelf. Studies of thermohaline circulation in the Nordic Seas, pathways of Atlantic water etc, studies of hydrography, plankton, surface sediments, benthos etc. in the Spitsbergen fjords and coastal regions.  Agnieszka Beszczyńska-Möller58°N-82°N, 5°W-30°E24.02.202312.05.2023 
Dana, Danish, OXBH

National Institute of Aquatic Resources

24.06.2023-10.07.2023Echo integration of herring and sprat for stock monitoring purposes Susan Mærsk Lusseau56°'N - 60°'N, 05°E – 12°E24.02.2023  
Azimuth, Polish, SPG4749Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geophysics



“RAW – Retreat and Wither” – What is the influence of glaciers recession from tidewater to land-based on the marine biological production and the biogeochemistry in the Artic?Mateusz Moskalik76°N-79°N, 12° W- 18°E in the Greenland Sea and western Spitsbergen Fjords24.02.202325.04.2023 
Arni Fridriksson,Icelandic,TFNAMarine and Freshwater Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland05.09.2023-30.09.2023Acoustic estimation of capelin abundance, ecology studies of the epi-pelagic layer and hydrographyBirkir Bardarson64°00' N - 76°00' N, 40°00' W - 02°00' E22.02.202308.05.2023 
Heincke, German, DBCKAlfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar-and Marine Research in the Helmholz-Association, Germany06.09.2023-01.10.2023Shelf. Investigate the gas system within  Svalbard´s fjords.  Miriam Römer
  1. Svalbard fjords and shelf (main work area):

A: 16° 11.032’E, 79° 37.552’N

B: 20° 0.139’E, 76° 16.932’N

C: 12° 54.117’E, 75° 51.959’N

D: 7° 20.01’E, 79.2.293’N


  1. Work area Transit:

A: 14° 12.025’E, 69° 50.980’N

B: 14° 49.388’E, 69° 7.371’N

C: 13° 55.197’E, 68° 35.661’N

D: 13° 17.264’E, 69° 16.494’N

Arni Fridriksson, Icelandic, TFNAMarine and Freshwater Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland08.05.2023-31.05.2023Distribution and abundance of Norwegian spring-spawning herring and blue whiting. Sigurvin Bjarnason62°50'- 71°36' N , 13°00' W - 16°0' E 22.02.202304.05.2023 
ITS Alliance,Italy, IALLItalian Navy, Italy15.07.2023-07.08.2023Shelf. The research campaign High North23  Maurizio Demarte

75°00'N-82°45'N, 00°00'E-32°00'E

(outside NTW)

ITS Alliance,Italy, IALLItalian Navy, Italy20.06.2023-11.07.2023Shelf. Nordic Recognized Environmental Picture 2023 (NREP23) and Arctic Climate Observatory 2023 (ACO2023)  CEMBRE (La Spezia)

Svalbard (outside NTW)

ITS Alliance, Italy, IALLItalian Navy, Italy05.06.2023-16.06.2023Shelf. Anti-Submarine Warfare 2023 (ASW 2023)  

CEMBRE (La Spezia)

Svalbard/Bear Island (outside NTW)

Walther Herwig III, German, DBFRBundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, Germany09.08.2023-28.08.2023Investigations on the occurence of fish diseases and parasits and biological effects of contaminants, OSPAR monitoringKlaus Wysujack52°46.00'N - 58°25.00'N/ 002°10.00'W - 016°00.00'E14.02.2023  
Scotia, United Kingdom, MXHR 6Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, UK07.08.2023-28.08.2023ICES Demersal trawling survey to assess pre-recruit year class strengths of cod, haddock, whiting, saithe, Norway pout, herring, mackerel and spratF. Burns54.00º to 61.30º N - 004ºW to 006ºE14.02.2023  
Tara, French, FVNMTara Ocean Foundation - TOF, France20.06.2023-29.09.2023Shelf.  Expedition Tara Europe within the Traversing European Coastline (TREC) PROJECTColomban De Vargas

Station1: 5.0232504/60.465924  

Station2: 4.8309896/60.4699855

Station3: 5.3235544/59.6671302

Heincke, German, DBCKAlfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar-and Marine Research in the Helmholz-Association12.08.2023-04.09.2023Investigate the impact of atlantification on ecosystem structure and function in Arctic fjords (Svalbard). Moorings for long term data sampling for the Fjord Change project  Uwe JohnNorth and West Svalbard (Spitzbergen): van Mijenfjord, Wijdefjord, Rijpfjord, Kongsfjord03.02.2319.05.23 
Polarstern, German, DBLKAlfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), Helmholz- Centre for Polar and Marine Research  02.08.23-01.10.23Shelf. Expedition ArcWatch-1. Study the biology, biogeochemistry, chemistry and physics of sea ice and the impact of sea ice loss in the entire Arctic Ocean system.  Antje Boetius/Christina BienholdNorth Norwegian Sector around Spitzbergen, 72°N-84°N and 0-40°E03.02.2323.05.23 
Celtic Explorer, Irish, EIGBMarine Institute, Ireland21.07.2023-21.08.2023SiTrAc – Signal Tracking to unveil Arctic Climate Variability  Audrey MorleyNorwegian Waters South of Spitzbergen in the area 0-15°E and 78°-75°N02.02.2303.04.2023 
Solea, German, DBFHBundesanstalt fűr Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE), Germany18.08.23-05.09.23International Beam Trawl SurveyKay Panten

  North Sea, South of 57°30´N, North of  55°N, West of 10°E

Icebreaker Oden, Swedish, SMLQ Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Sweden 01.05.23-01.07.23 Scientific cruise with the focus on athmosperic research Michael Tjernström Along the Norwegian coast from Sweden to LYR, rotation in LYR, expedition in the High Arctic approx 40 days, rotation in LYR, along the Norwegian coast from LYR to Sweden 23.01.23 15.03.2023  
Svea, Swedish, SEYB Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden 22.04.23-05.06.23 Norway lobster Patrick Jonsson

S6C0093 58,8333 10,3556

S6C0242 58,7778 10,4222

S6C0292 58,7556 10,3111

S6C0425 58,7000 10,4667

24.01.23 20.04.2023  


Wageningen Marine Research,
The Netherlands

ICES coordinated Beam Trawl Survey Ingeborg de Boois The North Sea 16.01.2023 23.03.2023  
RSS Discovery,
National Oceanography Centre, UK 09.07.2023-
N-Arc –Nitrogen Fixation in the Arctic Ocean Claire Mahaffey 82°N-10°E, 82°N-34°E, 78.837°N-34°E, 70°N-10°E  12.01.2023 11.05.2023  
Pelagia, Dutch, PGRQ NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research 20.05.2023-08.06.2023


The role of the North Sea in the Atlantic Ocean biogeochemical system: North Sea-Atlantic Exchange.
Furu Mienis Norwegian Trench 06.01.2023 23.03.2023  
Tridens, Dutch, PBVO

Ministry of transport and public works

Rijkswaterstaat Dienst Nordzee
26.06.2023-21.07.2023 North Sea hydro acoustic survey for herring and sprat 2023 Bram Couperus

52°00 - 62°00 N and 004°30 W – 008°30 E

06.01.2023 20.03.2023  
Scotia, United Kingdom, MXHR 6 Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, UK, United Kingdom




Herring Steven O´Connell 58º30´- 62ºN and 7º30´W to 2ºE 04.01.2023 20.03.2023  
Cefas Endeavour, British, VQHF3 DEFRA/CEFAS, United Kingdom 05.08.2023-03.09.2023,  15.07.-20.09  International Bottom Trawl Survey Richard Humphreys

51°30' N - 62°00' N

03°00' W - 09°00'E 

04.01.2023 20.03.2023  

Scotia, United Kingdom, MXHR 6

Marine Scotland – Science, United Kingdom 12.04.2023-02.05.2023 Scottish monkfish survey F. Burns

56° 30´ N – 62° 30´ N

4° 00´ W – 05° 00´ E

14.12.2022 03.04.2023 Cancelled
Polarstern, German, DBLK Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI), Helmholz- Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany 21.06.2023-31.07.2023 Shelf. Basic marine research in geophysics, geology, petrology, physical oceanography, biogeochemistry, microbiology, sea ice physics Vera Schlindwein 77°N-85°N, 7°W-12°E 13.12.2022 03.04.2023  
Ceton S205, Danish, OUHA DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources) 03.07.2023- 15.07.2023 IESSNS (International Ecosystem Summer Survey in the Nordic Seas) extended to the North Sea  Kai Wieland 54°00'N-60°00'N and 02°00'W-11°00'E 12.12.2022 03.04.2023  
Heincke, German, DBCK Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar-and Marine Research in the Helmholz-Association 10.05.2023-16.05.2023 Master course program, University of Hamburg. Niko Lahajnar EEZ of Norway: Area between 56°24.00´N – 58°00.00´N and 004°00.00´E – 006°00.00´E. 06.12.2023 03.04.2023  
Polarstern, German, DBLK Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), Helmholz Centre for Polar- and Marine Research  22.05.2023-19.06.2023 To perform basic marine research in biological, chemical, geological and physical ocenography Thomas Soltwedel/Jennifer Dannheim 69°N, 10°W / 82°N, 20°E 10.11.2022 23.01.23  
Dana, Danish, OXBH National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua) 25.04.2023- 24.05.2023 Echo integration of herring and blue whiting and pelagic fishing in connection with the International Ecosystem Survey in  Norwegian Sea, IESNS   Susan Mærsk Lusseau

Calibration of echosounders at Sandviksflaket anchorage in Byfjorden, Bergen.


Acoustic survey component in Norwegian

15.11.2022 10.01.2023  
Scotia, United Kingdom, MXHR 6 Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, UK 05.05.2023-18.05.2023 Hydrography W.R. Turrell

JONSIS line (Orkney-Utsire)

at 59.283N, -002.233W through to 59.283N, 002.033E



Nereus, Swedish, SKTD Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg 01.01.2023-31.12.2021 Lophelia pertusa  Ann Larsson

59°07.52N, 10°40.04E

59°07.84N, 10°51.37E

58°58.64N, 11°03.98E

58°54.18N, 10°41.91E  
15.09.2022 28.12.2022  
Svea, Swedish, SEYB Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden 20.01.2023-07-02-2023 International Bottom Trawl Survey  Patrik Börjesson/Barbara Bland Skagerrak, Kattegat, Eastern North Sea 13.09.2022 22.12.2022  
Havfisken, Danish, OWRB DTU Agua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources), Denmark 20.03.2023-05.04.2023 Norway lobster Kai Wieland 57°30'N - 58°00N and 07°53'E - 09°28'E 12.09.2022 22.12.2022  
Dana, Danish, OXBH DTU Agua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources), Denmark 23.01.2023-17.02.2023 International Bottom Trawl Survey  Kai Wieland/Helle Rasmussen 54°00'N - 58°30'N, 02°00'W – 11°00'E 26.08.2022 22.12.2022  
Marine Scotland Science,
United Kingdom
International Bottom Trawl Survey  J. Drewery

56° 00 N – 61° 30 N

4° 00 W – 04° 00 E

27.07.2022 18.01.2023 Report (pdf, 2.0 MB)
Walther Herwig III, German, DBFR Bundesanstalt fűr Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (BLE), Germany 20.01.2023- 21.02.2023 International Bottom Trawl Survey Hermann Neumann Entire North Sea between 54°N to 61°N, particularly in those rectangles assigned to Germany by ICES. 01.07.2022 29.12.2022 01.07.2022 (pdf, 1.2 MB)