The BGS has extensive experience and skills in developing and operating marine drilling and coring equipment on ships and drilling platforms.
We have a suite of shallow coring equipment that includes drills that can operate in oceanic water depths.
The newest equipment is a 15 m rockdrill that can be deployed in over 3000 m water depth; further details are available on the marine operations pages.
In 2004 BGS became the co-ordinators of the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) consortium that implements mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions for ECORD on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) (2003-2013) and now the International Ocean Discovery Program (2013-2023).
In this programme we have successfully managed major international drilling projects on the Lomonosov Ridge near the North Pole, on the fringing reefs around Tahiti 4.6 MB pdf, the New Jersey margin off the US coast and the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
The most recent MSP expedition was to the Baltic Sea, which ended its offshore phase in November 2013. The next expedition will be in the Atlantic Ocean in late 2015.
Dove, D, and Leigh, S. 2011 Scientific Drilling in the Arctic Ocean : a summary document to encourage Academic and Industry collaboration : January 2011. ECORD, 20pp.
Gatliff, R, Stevenson, A, Johnson, H, Long, D, Richards, P, and Smith, D. 2010. Marine exploration. Earthwise, 26. 30-31.
Mountain, G, Proust, J-N, and McInroy, D B. 2010 The New Jersey margin scientific drilling project (IODP Expedition 313): untangling the record of global and local sea-level changes. Scientific Drilling, 10. 26-34.
Mountain, G S, Proust, Jean-Noel, and McInroy, D B. 2009. New Jersey shallow shelf : shallow-water drilling of the New Jersey continental shelf : global sea level and achitecture of passive margin sediments. Washington, DC, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 56pp. (IODP Scientific Prospectus, 313)
Camoin, G F, Iryu, Y, and McInroy, D B. 2007. IODP expedition 310 reconstructs sea level, climatic, and environmental changes in the South Pacific during the last deglaciation. Scientific Drilling, 5. 4-12. 10.2204
Camoin, C G, Iryu, Y, and McInroy, D B. 2007. The last deglacial sea level rise in the South Pacific: offshore drilling in Tahiti (French Polynesia). Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.. (Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 310).
Backman, J, Moran, K, and McInroy, D B. 2005. IODP Expedition 302, Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX): a first look at the Cenozoic paleoceanography of the central Arctic Ocean.Scientific Drilling, 1. 12-17.
Camoin, G F, Iryu, Y, and McInroy, D B. 2005. Tahiti sea level : the last deglacial sea level rise in the South Pacific. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International. (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Preliminary Report, 310)
Contact David McInroy for more information