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The One Ocean Expedition

The One Ocean Expedition is a recognized part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The goal is to create attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the ocean for a sustainable development in a global perspective.

In August 2021, the 98-meter-long tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl set sail from Arendal, Norway, for the twenty month long One Ocean Expedition, a circumnavigation of the globe.

A floating university

Statsraad Lehmkuhl serves as a floating university and training vessel combined, bringing students, scientists, trainees and professionals together on different legs.

The 107 year old ship has been converted into a state-of- the-art research vessel, collecting high-quality data continuously throughout the journey. Equipped with modern instrumentation it measures for instance levels of CO₂, micro-plastic, ocean acidification and ocean temperature.

55.000 nautical miles

From August 2021 to April 2023, Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail 55.000 nautical miles and visit 36 ports worldwide. During port visits, the ship is used for conferences, diplomacy, high level meetings and cooperate hospitality. On the ship´s arrival in its home port in Norway, The City of Bergen will host the One Ocean Week, an international gathering with conferences, work shops and seminars.

The One Ocean Expedition is a recognized part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. We aim to contribute in particular to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: 14 - Life below water, 13 - Climate action, 4 - Quality Education, 17 - Partnership for the goals.

We invite everyone to become "digital passengers" on this epic expedition to and follow us online through this website and our sosial media channels. Parts of the expedition will also be open for you to join on board with us!

trainees working a loft on sailing ship

The ocean unites us

The One Ocean Expedition emerged as an idea in 2016, at about the same time as the first initiatives were taken to propose a UN Ocean Decade. Regional seas are different, and the relative importance of different environmental challenges and human activities vary, but the global ocean unites us. We share a common future.

Common challenges including climate change and ocean acidification affect all parts of the ocean. That is why the idea of traversing the global “One Ocean” with a vessel that invites and in fact demands participants to work together, seemed like a fitting way to showcase the essence of the sustainability challenge and the role of the ocean in global sustainability.

Since planning started, more and more good forces have joined from academia, business, civil society and government. Safety, science, education, communication, logistics, port activities are some of the topics addressed by voluntary groups preparing the expedition.

Local students taking part in a workshop i Jamaica. Photo: Ole-Morten Algerøy
Local students taking part in a workshop i Jamaica. Photo: Ole-Morten Algerøy

A research vessel

The ship has been equipped with modern instrumentation making it into a research vessel that will collect comparable data from a wide range of environments. The quiet movement of a sailing vessel provides very good conditions for collecting high quality acoustic data from the upper ocean, both passive listening and active echo sounders.

Underway water sampling allows powerful modern techniques like eDNA analyses. Students takes part throughout the journey ensuring data collection and transmission from all the instruments.

Students Erlend Mundal and Ragnhild Beck Hestness taking samples. Photo:
Students Erlend Mundal and Ragnhild Beck Hestness taking samples. Photo:

Online

The whole expedition can be followed online and different aspects of the expedition will be used on shore for exhibitions, schools, universities and partners all over the globe. One example is The Aquarium in Bergen, dedicating and rebuilding its largest room to expedition related displays and
data.

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