Health crisis COVID19 - Conditions and organisation for boarding on coastal and deep-sea vessels of the French Oceanographic Fleet

Press release

(updated on 09 August 2021)

Conditions and organisation for boarding on coastal and deep-sea vessels of the French Oceanographic Fleet

Following the government's announcements concerning the management of the health situation in mainland France, and the clarifications provided in the hours that followed, the Fleet Steering Committee met on 30 October 2020.

Noting that the owners of the entire fleet (LDAS, Genavir and CNRS) remain in a position to operate the TGIR's vessels and equipment, that all 2021 missions are, as far as possible, scheduled to sail from and arrive at ports in mainland France or overseas, and that the public establishments that operate research (organisations, universities, etc.) are authorised to continue their field activities, the following guidelines were adopted and may be revised monthly :

  • Offshore cruises will be carried out strictly in accordance with the protocol decided by the operator concerned (GENAVIR or LDAS). A capacity of one free individual cabin must be maintained in case of necessary isolation before medical evacuation.
  • Coastal cruises also continue with the application of a reduction in the capacity of the vessels concerned, as well as the spacing of the shifts in order to limit potential contamination to a minimum.
  • On station vessels :
    • Research and observation cruises are continuing. A maximum of three scientific support staff (researchers, teacher-researchers, technical and administrative staff, thesis students, post-doctoral fellows, etc.) will be able to embark in addition to the sailors required for scientific operations;
    • For teaching cruises, a cruise plan specifying the work to be carried out on board and including the number of people on board will be sent by the PI to the INSU operations department at least 5 working days before the start of the cruise. This cruise programme will be validated by the shipping company in terms of the number of personnel on board the vessel.

The conditions for boarding, possibly re-evaluated, remain posted on the fleet website in the coming days.

Finally, the member organisations of the Steering Committee reaffirmed their willingness to maintain boarding possibilities for their staff under the above conditions. They have committed themselves to facilitating the signing of mission orders for scientific teams, within the current framework of management of the health situation. Marine universities will be duly informed and encouraged to act in this sense through the Scientific Committee of the Marine University Network.

If the current framework were to evolve, the steering committee would meet again and could change the scheduling of cruises and the conditions for boarding.