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Welcome to the latest issue of the Marine National Facility (MNF) Newsletter. The past few months have been an incredibly busy time for our operations and I’m pleased to have this opportunity to provide you with an update.
Given COVID remains present across Australia and costs are increasing, operating a research vessel in this complex environment remains a challenge. As always, keeping our people and partners safe on board is our priority, so we continue to maintain vital pre-voyage quarantine and testing measures. We appreciate the patience of our partners and community as we respond.
Recent voyages have seen the completion of several suspended or rescheduled voyages from previous schedules that were impacted by the COVID pandemic. I particularly want to acknowledge both the great patience and support of our research community as well as the great efforts of our voyage planning and ship management teams who have worked tirelessly to make sure these voyages were delivered successfully.
Earlier this year, I attended the International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) meeting. This is an important forum for research ship managers from across the globe to share information and work together for mutual benefit in helping solve the challenges we face in delivering marine research at sea. Tapping into this community of practice has never been more important, given the current operating environment and disruption created by COVID.
In this newsletter, I'm also pleased to share with you some of the achievements our research partners have delivered using MNF capabilities over the past year with our MNF Year in Review 2021-22. Despite significant challenges, the year saw many achievements. In addition, with the 8th anniversary of vessel commissioning on 12 December 2014, we’re also celebrating some of the great accomplishments over this time through our MNF Impact Campaign. This campaign has focused on research outputs and our pathway to impact told through a series of case studies and blogs. It recognises both the research delivered and our partners who have made it possible.
The arrival of RV Investigator in 2014 signalled a step change for Australian marine research. It delivered a collaborative hub for both national and international research. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the impressive achievements you have all contributed to over the past year and beyond. Most importantly, we look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in delivering excellent marine research to benefit the nation into the future.
While delivering great science is important, the safety and wellbeing of CSIRO’s people and partners remains our number one priority. We are continuing to assess the COVID landscape, as well as be responsive to changes in the national health advice.
As a result, we have recently updated our protocols to ensure that we're aligning with the national response while maintaining a best practice approach to mitigating risk from COVID.
We have recently evolved our measures undertaken before and during a voyage to protect our participants against COVID. This includes moving to a 5-day quarantine period on shore and 2-phase PCR testing of all participants for COVID prior to them boarding the vessel.
Have you recently published a paper that relates to your research on RV Investigator? If so, we'd love to hear about it!
Authors should supply the MNF with a copy of all research publications so they can be included in the voyage record. If you're unsure if your publication has been provided, please check the MNF Publications database. You can filter results by voyage and publication type, and search with keywords.
A reminder that support for your research, in the form of sea time on RV Investigator, should be acknowledged in all published materials in the following form:
'This research was supported by a grant of sea time on RV Investigator from the CSIRO Marine National Facility.'