NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pierside at her homeport in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She departed her homeport at approximately 1200 today, commencing the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013. Download larger version (jpg, 5.4 MB).
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer departed her homeport in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, today, starting Leg 1 of our Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. Crew and mission personnel spent the day preparing to get underway, training new personnel, and preparing systems for operation. The ship spent the day acquiring mapping data during transit to our first remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dive site. Our first ROV dive is planned for tomorrow morning at a site located east of Block Canyon, where we plan to investigate headwall scarps of a large landslide scar on the lower continental slope.