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Sustainability & environment

On board R/V Skagerak - and in our work ashore - sustainability and the environment are at the heart of our operations.

From the outset, R/V Skagerak has maintained a high level of environmental, social and economic sustainability. 
The aim is to ensure research that takes account of the environment, both now and in the future. 

When Skagerak can no longer be operated and dismantled, we need to know what materials we are dealing with and what can be recycled.

The ship has therefore been designed with not only environmental, but also ethical and social requirements in mind.
For example, the products manufactured under the contract had to comply with the core conventions on decent work developed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In addition, a shipyard with a certified environmental management system was chosen to minimise the risk of environmental impact.
The R/V Skagerak has internal combustion engines that can run on very low sulphur fuel, which also meets the requirements for low nitrogen oxide emissions.

The vessel also has a waste water treatment plant and a ballast water treatment system on board. This is to minimise the risk of spreading invasive species during expeditions.

Nothing is thrown overboard

On board the R/V Skagerak, the recycling and waste areas are adapted to the number of people who can be on board. Nothing is thrown overboard.

When the R/V Skagerak was built, materials were chosen that had the least possible negative impact on health and the environment. Substances that could not be used were listed in the specifications - for example, certain flame retardants and plasticisers. Cadmium and chromium-plated materials have also been avoided. 

Environmental coordinator Ulrika Lundgren says:

"The day Skagerak can no longer be operated and dismantled, you should know what substances you are dealing with and what can be recycled.