RV Belgica 2016-06

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Belgica (11BE)
Cruise identifier2016-06
Cruise period2016-02-08 — 2016-02-12
Port of departureZeebrugge, Belgium
Port of returnZeebrugge, Belgium
ObjectivesSeArch - Archaeological heritage in the North Sea
Development of an efficient evaluation methodology and proposal for sustainable management in Belgium.
The underwater heritage in the Belgian part of the North Sea (and adjacent Dutch and UK areas) is up to now largely unknown, however it is seriously threatened by the increasing commercial activities at sea. The goal of the SEARCH project is to develop an efficient prospection methodology for accurate assessment of the submerged heritage. This should at length allow a sustainable management of the underwater heritage in the North Sea. At the same time the project aims to develop archaeological potential maps of the BCP. For this an optimal seismic coverage of the BPNS (and the directly adjacent Dutch and UK areas) is crucial. This means that existing low density areas in the seiswork network must be filled in.
Chief scientistTine Missiaen (University of Ghent Renard Centre of Marine Geology)
NPRCRV Belgica 2016-06 NPRC belgica_2016-06.pdf (0.36 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
North Sea
SpecificBelgian, Dutch and UK waters