In a statement, the Ambassador highlighted that she had a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister as regards to the port call of the Research Vessel, Dr Fridtjof Nansen, in Mauritius. She underlined that several scientists from Mauritius have taken part in the 30-day marine scientific research expedition that the vessel has undertaken in the Mauritius/Seychelles Joint Management Area in the Mascarene Plateau Region.
Ambassador Anne Lene Dale indicated that the Research Vessel is a brand new boat and one of the most advanced research ships in the world. The objective of the project, she added, is to help African nations to undertake marine research.
She further underlined that the ocean is the most important common issue that Norway and Mauritius share, adding that other avenues of cooperation include fisheries and investments to Africa through Mauritius, amongst others.
On its way to Mauritius, the Research Vessel has also carried out marine ecosystems surveys in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mauritius.
Dr Fridtjof Nansen
The new fishery and oceanographic Research Vessel was delivered in January 2017 and launched in May 2017. It replaces an old vessel of the same name, which has been navigating the African coast since 1993, carrying out in-depth research in the marine ecosystems.
Dr Fridtjof Nansen features specialised laboratories, including a wet lab, also known as the fish lab, a plankton sampling lab, also called Benthos/Plankton lab, a dry lab for oceanographic studies and climate and seawater labs. To conduct marine research, the vessel is equipped with a spacious operation centre with offices and a library, a CTD lab with a 27m² CTD hangar and a 53m² main scientific hangar.
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