The BGS Marine Operations facility will officially close on the 31st December 2022. BGS will continue to invest in a marine science programme as part of our ongoing strategy and we continue to work in partnership with NERC on the available future options for the marine operations equipment within the UK. If you would like further information on this, please email the BGS enquiries team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The engineers of BGS Marine Operations are a highly experienced team that have undertaken both scientific and commercial offshore projects within UK waters and internationally, from inshore to mid-ocean regions and from polar to tropical environments.
The team has expertise in:
- seabed coring and drilling operations using our suite of remote seabed corers
- marine geophysical surveys using the latest in multibeam sonar equipment
- loch, lake and inshore surveys using the BGS survey vessel the White Ribbon
- providing support for the International Ocean Discovery Programme
BGS Marine Operations works out of a dedicated, purpose-built building, the George Bruce Building, which is part of the Lyell Centre complex based at the Heriot-Watt University Riccarton research campus in Edinburgh. This facility is fully equipped with internal gantry cranes and container-moving equipment and a 7 m-deep test tank, as well as a test borehole for carrying out onshore equipment testing.