A joint Japanese-New Zealand scientific research voyage is exploring
underwater mountains and volcanoes 1000 km northeast of New Zealand.
Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), GNS Science (GNS) and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) will learn about the ecosystems of the Louisville Seamount Chain and northern Kermadec Arc. A feature is five dives by the human-operated vehicle Shinkai 6500 capable of going to depths of 6.5km below the ocean surface. It is the deepest manned submersible for academic research and can accommodate two pilots and a researcher on dives