Wednesday, June 08, 2011

On the ocean blue

No drilling on this quick trip. The ship is making its way via Panama from a two-month expedition in the Pacific to dock in Curacao for maintenance. That's why I am here, with a cabin. Most of the non-permanent scientists disembarked at Panama, and the ship is in a quiet mode.

That means we get to see things we would never see if on a active research leg: the engines rooms, the generators, the water distillers, the giant electric motors that drive the screws, the propeller shafts themselves, the drill floor, the "moon pool", even the bridge. Mo has spent 4 months altogether on this vessel as a working scientist, and never saw most of what we saw yesterday.

Another science bit below. Back to regular eclectic blogging in a few days