OUR MISSION

ADVANCING THE PROTECTION OF THE ARCTIC THROUGH STORYTELLING AND SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION

An arctic expedition vessel

A marine conservation and research platform

A community of ocean explorers and researchers

Led by marine biologist and former Navy diver Andreas B. Heide, Barba is a marine conservation platform with a mission to generate tangible results that advance the protection of Arctic waters through storytelling and scientific exploration.

We represent a dynamic community of partners, ocean ambassadors and Arctic explorers with a commitment to the protection of our planet’s marine ecosystems.

Echoing the needs of contemporary scientific research, Barba’s current focus is on studying Arctic whale populations, as well as the impacts of global warming and plastic pollution at sea.

Freediver orca

Where we work

The North Sea, 66°33′48.4″ N and beyond. 

Departing from her homeport in Stavanger, Norway, Barba sailed the waters between the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland. Our main operations are specialized to explore the waters and archipelagos in the Arctic Circle.