A Cast of 18
November 15 , 2005
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a ship-full of dedicated specialists to conduct an at-sea scientific research exploration.
The roles of the science crew for this expedition are posted with their biographies on this Web site. Below are brief job descriptions of the wonderful ship's and submersible crews supporting the Florida Coast Deep Corals expedition aboard the R/V Seward Johnson.
Ship’s Crew: (Figures 1 and 2)
Captain: Ralph VanHoek
Responsible for the safety of the ship and passengers; make sure the scientists onboard get as much of their project completed as possible.
Chief Mate: Aric Anderson
Assist the Captain with his duties, fill in as Captain if the Captain is not onboard; responsible for the overall maintenance of the ship.
Mate: Rich Timm
Responsible for maintenance onboard the vessel and act as the navigation officer (keep charts up to date).
Lead Seaman: Christian Knappe
Responsible for the maintenance of the vessel, assist with scientists' operations (such as running winches) and train new deckhands.
Seamen: Dan Timm and Logan Henderson
Responsible for the maintenance of the vessel (e.g. cleaning, chipping, painting) and assist with the scientists' operations.
Chief Engineer: Pete Knight
Responsible for all the machinery aboard the vessel, including the engine, electronics, electrical, and plumbing systems.
First Assistant Engineer: Eric Bergendahl
Assists the Chief Engineer in maintaining all the machinery aboard and fill in as Chief Engineer if the Chief Engineer is not onboard.
Second Assistant Engineer: Stuart Moreaux
Assist the Chief and First Assistant Engineers in maintaining all the machinery aboard.
Steward: Ed Woods
Responsible for ordering food supplies, cooking three meals a day for all aboard the ship, and keeping the galley clean.
Assistant Steward: Position unfilled for this expedition
Responsible for assisting the cook in meal preparation and clean-up.
Submersible’s Crew (Figure 3)
Submersible Operations Coordinator/Pilot: Don Liberatore
Responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of all submersible equipment; in charge of the submersible crew; act as liaison between the science crew, submerisble crew, and ship’s crew. Pilot the submersible on a rotating basis.
Assistant Submersible Operations Coordinator/Pilot: Phil Santos
Responsible for the Sub Operations Coordinator's duties above when the Coordinator is acting as the sub pilot. Pilot the submersible on a rotating basis.
Submersible Pilot/Technician: Tim Askew, Jr. and Hugo Marrero
Pilot the sub on a rotating basis and act as the life support technician in the aft chamber of the submersible during dives; act as swimmer (swim out with and connect cable to submersible when it surfaces from a dive) and communications operator (maintaining shipboard communications with the submersible during dives) on a rotating basis.
Submersible Technician: Frank Lombardo and Al Fuller
Act as life support technician in the aft chamber of the submersible during dives; act as swimmer (swim out with and connect cable to submersible when it surfaces from a dive) and communications operator (maintaining shipboard communications with the submersible during dives) on a rotating basis.
University of Miami Technicians (Figure 4)
Marine Technicians: Keith Martin and Elizabeth Bruce
Provide, calibrate, and teach scientists to use surface oceanographic equipment onboard; record and provide to the scientists data collected throughout the expedition (fluorescence, solar radiation, temperature, salinity, depth, weather, wind, barometric pressure, humidity, GPS, rainfall); assist scientists with use of onboard satellite e-mail program.
Florida Coast Deep Corals will be sending daily reports from Nov 7 - 21. Please check back frequently for additional logs from this expedition.
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