Cruise Information

Spare berths - short deadlines!

1) Cruise AXIAL aboard the R/V Marcus Langseth Summer 2019

Spare berth on SMARTIES Cruise

French research cruise SMARTIES of RV “Pourquoi Pas?” and deep-sea submersible “Nautile” will take place between 12 July and 24 August 2019 on the intersection of the Mid-Atlandtic Ridge axis and the Romanche Transform Fault. Port calls will be on the Cape Verde Islands.

Marine National Facility (MNF) Call for Applications 2015-16

The new Marine National Facility (MNF) RV Investigator will be available for research in Australia's regional seas and oceans in 2015-2016.  Under direction of an independent Steering Committee, the vessel is owned and operated by CSIRO.

Cruise Dispatches

R/V Roger Revelle at NE Lau Basin

New black smokers discovered at Niua South Volcano. News from the current expedition at:

Cruise Information

The InterRidge office features and catalogs ridge-crest cruises - their goals, their websites, requests for equipment or personnel, and your discoveries.

Upcoming Cruises 2017-2018

Upcoming Cruises 2017-2018

Country Dates Chief scientist Ship Cruise ID/Location Research objectives


Cruise dispatches from NW Rota Expedition 2009

Expedition to NW Rota 2009
April 3-17, 2009, R/V Thompson, Chief Scientist Bill Chadwick
Join scientists from the USA, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan as they explore a submarine volcano with ROV Jason II.

Inactive Hydrothermal Vent Field Discovered at the Southwest Indian Ridge 50.5ºE

The 5th leg of the 2008 Chinese DY115-20 expedition on board R/V Dayangyihao has successfully discovered an inactive hydrothermal vent field at 50.4671°E, 37.6579°S on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR). This inactive hydrothermal field is located on the shallowest portion of Segment 27 of the SWIR west of the Gallieni Transform Fault, with relative low mantle Bouguer gravity anomaly (Sauter, et al., 2001). This newly found site is located in the middle of a ridge segment, where the rift valley disappears and the seafloor depth is 1739 m.

R/V Maria S. Merian cruise underway at Logatchev hydrothermal vent field, Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Cruise MSM 10/3 on board R/V Maria S. Merian is underway from 11 Jan - 13 Feb 2009, with scientists from Germany and France, led by Chief Scientist Nicole Dubilier (InterRidge Steering Committee Member). This cruise is part of the German Science Foundation’s Priority Program “From Mantle to Ocean” (SPP 1144) in which scientists are working together to better understand the geology, chemistry, and biology of hydrothermal vents on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

ChEsSo cruise to the Southern Ocean

The ChEsSo cruise (JR224) on board RRS James Clark Ross is underway from 12 Jan - 18 Feb 2009, exploring deep Antarctic waters for hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. Cruise PIs from the UK include Doug Connelly, Rob Larter (Chief Scientist), Alex Rogers (InterRidge Steering Committee Member), and Paul Tyler (Co-Chair of the ChEss project of the Census of Marine Life).