|As part of its Ships and Platforms of Opportunity Programme, the Arctic Research Icebreaker Cons (ARICE) has offered an opportunity for project teams to be included on PONANT’s Polar expedition ship ’Le Commandant Charcot’ in the Arctic for 2023 and beyond.
Submissions are to be made by 15th June, 2022. ARICE will manage the application process and make up the short lists, while PONANT will evaluate the logistics.
The projects selected will include a team to be allowed on board the ’Le Commandant Charcot’ to carry out scientific research in the Arctic Ocean for up to five Arctic seasons beginning in 2023.
‘Le Commandant Charcot’, owned and operated by PONANT, is equipped with scientific labs able to host up to four scientists to conduct research during the ship’s regular cruises.
Proposals to carry out research activities within any field of Polar science are welcome, including marine-based and terrestrial sciences, including geology and biology in Greenland, Svalbard or the Canadian Peninsula and social sciences.
Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework, ARICE works to provide opportunities for marine research and better data collection in the Arctic using the existing Polar fleet.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) organises and operates the ARICE Industry Liaison Panel and links ARICE to WOC’s global SMART Ocean-SMART Industries (SO-SI) programme, which engages ocean industries in data collection.
WOC has been active in the Arctic since 2012, with the Arctic Business Leadership Council Meeting in Iceland, the first-ever business community meeting with the Arctic Council. WOC is also a current partner on the EU Arctic projects – Blue Action and PolarNet 2.