More Top Stories

Local

Bigger and busier 2023: PM

31 December 2022

Other Sports

Double gold for Darts

21 January 2023

Features
Health

Covid-19 cases stable: TMO

10 January 2023

Economy

Population policy endorsed

10 January 2023

Economy
National

PM Brown vows to change law

23 January 2023

National
Features
Rugby league

Moana target 2025 World Cup

11 November 2022

Local

We’re halfway there!

16 November 2022

Paddling

From the river to the ocean

18 November 2022

Norwegian research ship continues trip around the pacific

Thursday 16 June 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

Share

Norwegian research ship continues trip around the pacific
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, pictured in the Caribbean, was anchored outside Panama in Rarotonga this week and is on a 20-month long circumnavigation. Photo: Supplied/22061417

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which is a three masted ship is sailing on a 20-month long circumnavigation holding 90 students from the University of Bergen in Norway.

The ship anchored outside of Panama in Rarotonga left early yesterday for Fiji.

Helene Spurkeland, who works for the Lehmkuhl Foundation´s office in Bergen, Norway, said the crew were halfway through a 20-month circumnavigation or sailing trip called The One Ocean Expedition which departed Norway in August last year.

Spurkeland said the 108-year-old ship was equipped with a number of scientific measuring instruments that continuously collected samples such as levels of carbon dioxide, micro-plastic, ocean acidification and ocean temperature.

“Equipped with modern instrumentation the ship serves as a floating university and training vessel combined, bringing students, scientists, trainees and professionals together on different legs,” she said.

“The One Ocean Expedition is an official part of the UN Decade of Marine Research and aims to create awareness and share knowledge about a sustainable ocean.”

The ship was previously in Tahiti where five cases of Covid-19 were discovered on board. The cases have meant no crew members were allowed to step onto Rarotonga.

“Of course, we think this is sad, especially for the 90 students who are taking a special course on sustainability and leadership for four months on board the ship,” Spurkeland said.