Arctic Mission

Raider Bivouac 9000 indicates the Greenwich Mean Time

Welcome to Arctic Mission

An exploration programme, led by renowned explorer Pen Hadow and
skipper Erik de Jong, attempting the first voyage by yacht to the North Pole to conduct vital scientific research in this most unique and fragile environment.


Arctic Mission

On 14 August, Arctic Mission, led by British explorer Pen Hadow and skipper Erik de Jong, set sail on an amazing expedition by yacht to explore, discover and share the previously unseen wildlife and ecosystem of the ocean around the North Pole.

This voyage of discovery will also show why the survival of its wildlife may now face serious threats because so much of the summer-time sea ice no longer protects it from commercial exploitation.

So welcome aboard, as we make one of history’s most extreme and urgent voyages, putting everything on the line to explore this little-known and now vulnerable ecosystem in our planet’s overall life-supporting system.

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Latest from the Blog

Reaching 80N: interesting questions answered02/09/2017

Arctic Mission reaches furthest north31/08/2017

Science at sea: a floating laboratory28/08/2017

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#Sustainable Arctic #shipping seems to mean sustained shipping, argues TAI's Kathrin Stephen in The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic. Short version available on our website now

My official intervention/speech yesterday recommending priority protection of the Arctic Ocean environment to the UN's International Maritime Organisation's MEPC73 Conference in London, is given here in full (it is also on record at the IMO)

In conversation with UN International Maritime Organisation’s Secretary General Kitlak Lim at its MEPC73 conference this week, following my official intervention in plenary session on behalf of @CleanArctic to ban disgusting Heavy Fuel Oils from Arctic waters @pacenvironment

Today UN @IMOHQ considers banning disgusting Heavy Fuel Oil use & shipment in Arctic waters - a major opportunity for global shipping to publicly demonstrate its absolute commitment to reducing risks to vulnerable wildlife @CleanArctic @Sian_Prior9 @pacenvironment #MEPC73

Addressing the UN International Maritime Organisation #MEPC73 plenary session, my formal intervention on behalf of the @CleanArctic to ban disgusting Heavy Fuel Oil use & shipment in the Arctic Ocean secured a rare outbreak of applause from 900 delegates led by Sec Gen Kitak Lim

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Arctic Ocean and portrait images by kind permission of Martin Hartley:

Yacht and wildlife images by kind permission of Erik de Jong:

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