The Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen arrived at its final destination in Phuket, Thailand on 29 September.
Phuket is the final stop on the vessel’s 2018 Africa-Asia tour, and its arrival was marked by a port call event. Chargé d’affaires a.i. Tor Haug was present at the event together with representatives from the Thai Department of Fisheries and the vice governor of Phuket.
For the next two weeks, the scientist aboard will be researching marine resources and ecosystems in the Andaman Sea together with Thai scientists.
For the past 40 years, the research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen has sailed across the world to promote sustainable utilisation of marine resources and improved protection of marine environments.
The new Dr. Fridtjof Nansen vessel was launched in May 2017 and is currently one of the most advanced research vessel in the world.
It is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and is jointly operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.