With 168 publications in the form of scientific articles, meeting documents, and reports, 2018 was a productive year for Pinngortitaleriffik. An increase in professional qualifications, and a high degree of retention of the technical and scientific staff, accounted for an increase in the overall level of competence at the institution, as well as the level seniority. At the end of the year, the aggregate employment experience was at a record high of 590 years.
There was, however, one thing that did not become older in 2018, as the Pinngortitaleriffik had to make the decision to scrap the institutions sea going research vessel “Pâmiut.” After 47 years of service, first as a trawler in the Royal Greenlandic Trade, and for the last 26 years as a research vessel, it became necessary, and sad, to have to part with the vessel. Thanks to a very dedicated crew, the Pinngortitaleriffik had been able to run the ship proudly for many years, and with it’s help been able to collect some of the institutions most important scientific data.
Through 2018 there has been a parallel process and a unique input on several levels; political, departmental, economic, as well as technical. In this way it has been possible, in record time, to agree to finance a new construction of a research vessel. It is a large and
long term investment in the research infrastructure in Greenland, which will produce results for the following generations, which clearly express their support and understanding for the work of Pinngortitaleriffik.