Wiki Needs Help

Hey kids!  I need some help.  I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the JOIDES Resolution, but everyone on board is SO busy.  I thought maybe you could help me figure some things out because I know lots of smart kids are reading this blog!

Let’s give it a try, and if it works out, maybe we can even make up our own guessing game!

The first thing I need help with is these big orange things I see all over the ship, on the outside.  Here is a picture:

Can you help me figure out what these are and what they are for?