First few days at sea - Expedition 324

 Hi everyone,

This is the second or third day at sea and everyone is settling in. I am trying the new shift (midnight to noon) a day early to get used to the change in activity.I also need to do this because I am waiting to hear from the University of the Virgin Islands to test the video conferencing with the ship.

We did a tour of the core deck machinery and equipment, it will definitely be interesting to see all of that in action (I brought ear plugs as well). Jerry Iturrino (pictured here) gave a talk earlier today on logging (not what lumberjacks do), and I think I am beginning to understand the process - its like doing a CTD profile, only instead of in the water column, the geological logging is profiling the rock/sediments surrounding the core. The whole group - crew, staff and scientists all are getting along very well, a great group of people, should be an excellent cruise.



Shifts and Schedules

So, have the folks on board started adjusting to their shifts? I think you guys are on site, so I guess so. It is pretty interesting how half of the folks on board seem to dissappear as things get going.

Have you gotten your shift? I had 06:00-18:00. It was nice because there was a lot of daylight for that shift, but when shift ended I ended up along lots of times. So I'd work late or meander around the labs checking in with folks after shift.

Hey Doug, I am on the

Hey Doug,
I am on the mid-night to noon shift, still tough getting used to, but managing! How are things Stateside?

Shatsky Rise comments to Nasseer from Mark Shorey

I used to prefer the midnight to midday shift myself. Except for the fire and lifeboat drills which were always done in the morning when I was asleep. It is nice to be able to go out and watch the stars at night and was a much quieter shift.

Where will you fit in with the coring in this program then Nasseer? If you are collecting hard rock core samples there does not seem to be much need for a marine biologist.

I would be in the swimming pool at the moment but someone has been sick in the pool so it is closed. Instead I am having a look around the Joides web site trying to figure out what the aims of this expedition are and generally wasting time in the cafe at the sports hall here.

How will your vessel be positioned? I am presuming that the water is deep enough that it can't be tethered to the ocean floor? I am not very familiar with the bathymetry around the Shatsky rise.


Mark, My job is educator at

My job is educator at sea, I am doing live broadcasts to colleges and schools in the States describing the work on a research vessel. So I go around asking the geologists questions and relaying those questions and answers to students. Positioning is one of the most amazing things on this ship - thrusters. After the ship is manoeuvred into the wind for stability, the controls are turned over to a sophisticated set of instrumentation that keeps the ship sitting in place over about 4 km of water. Then the thin pipe is extended down to the bottom with a drill bit and the drilling begins. Amazing piece of equipment.