Sep 172012


The ship departed Hobart as planned at 10pm September 14, having successfully checked the procedure for deploying the acoustic mooring that will be used later in the season for whale research.

Initially they went north (!) near Maria Island for sea trials of the CTD (Conductivity and Temperature at Depth) winch and FRRF (Fast Repetition Rate Flurometer). Also the synthetic TMR (Trace Metal Rosette) line was re-spooled before had a test deployment.

Whilst trials were underway the remaining expeditioners were briefed on the Job Hazard Analysis to enable them to work safely in the container laboratories on the forward hatch covers, the trawl deck aft, and in the tween deck forward of the ships galley. Then there were laboratory inductions.

Other tasks that have been completed include planning and trialling the NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) Waves In Water deployment technique, which will deploy eight 10kg buoys in the ice along a 155km transect by helicopter. Many of the other scientists were preparing valuable and fragile equipment in expectation of a pitching, rolling ship.

Then, settled into their functional but cosy cabins, they then travelled south in a gentle 3-4M swell. Fortunately for most, but not all, the two days of trials had allowed them to get used to the motion.

At this stage, expeditioners are doing field training on the ship.