Monday 29 October 2012

All hands on deck and bon voyage

Progress so far has been slow, with the acoustic equipment requiring some final checks before departure. Once we finally left the harbour at 14:30 hours on 25th October 2012 it was a frantic wave to our colleagues in the JNCC Aberdeen office before steaming on to our first destination – The Southern Trench. The intention was to test and calibrate some of our on board kit, but unfortunately due to the Force 8 winds and big sea swell, we haven’t managed to do any calibration yet.

MRV Scotia

Then weather conditions took a turn for the worse and it wasn’t long before many of the staff on board were turning a little green. A tour of the ships facilities and getting to know the ins and outs of the sampling equipment has kept us all busy so far. We are due to arrive at the first of our study sites the Wyville-Thomson Ridge at 10pm on 26th October 2012. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Trying on an immersion suit