At 5am this morning the crew put out the GPS buoy (pronounced boo-ee by the US amongst us and ‘boy’ by the NZers - the ruling majority).
The GPS buoy will be out there for as long as the batteries last and the scientists are hoping they’ll be okay for about 24 hours.
The crew will then haul it back on board for recharging and seeing as we’re ahead of schedule and have a bit of time it will go out again tomorrow.
We only have one more deployment to do and that is one of the US instruments that is waiting on a few spare parts – these we’ll get on Thursday when some of additional science staff come aboard for the second part of the voyage.
The NZ and US science staff will quickly take one of the US instruments apart and put it back together ready to deploy tomorrow evening all going well.
With no instruments to deploy/retrieve today it means the science staff have a bit of a quieter day, as the GPS buoy is doing all the hard work.
The crew are still busy and are doing a bit of general maintenance, testing the ships locks, chemical cleaning and a bit of repainting.
The R/V Tangaroa is definitely well looked after especially considering its over 25 years old. The vessel is 70m in length and weighs in at an impressive 2,291 tonnes.
It has everything a scientist needs such as five dry lab/computer areas, a couple of wet labs, fish sorting and processing facilities (not used on this voyage) and deck space for instruments and machinery to deploy instruments.
It also has the stuff that a scientist doesn’t need (but it’s still nice to have) with three lounges, library, fitness centre and sauna. Each of these rooms is well used by crew and science staff on breaks.
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