Ships passing in the night

The JOIDES Resolution operates 24/7, this means that the boat never sleeps and the crew is on one of three shifts:

  • Midnight to Noon – the dreaded ‘night’ shift.
  • Noon to Midnight – the coveted ‘day’ shift
  • 6am to 6pm

The scientists, technicians, engineers, drillers, and cooking and cleaning team work the night or day shifts, while the supervisors and chief scientists work 6am to 6pm so they cover both shifts.

LENGTH OF EXP days quick weeks long etc….no weekends


Aliki Weststrate
Tēnā koutou katoa – greetings. Ko Aliki Weststrate tōku ingoa. My name is Aliki and I’m the NZ based outreach officer and educator on this expedition to study the Hikurangi Subduction Margin. I am a science communicator and trained teacher. I love to connect science organisations to the education sector and general public. Lately I’ve been spending my days communicating the science of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone – NZ’s largest fault. On board Expedition #375 we’re drilling cores to study past earthquakes here and understand the fault properties. And, for the first time in NZ, we will install two sub-seafloor earthquake observatories. Follow the JR blog, FB, Instagram and Twitter to see how we’re going!
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