NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer tied up to the pier, preparing for departure. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014. Download larger version (jpg, 1.8 MB).
This morning, Okeanos Explorer docked in Norfolk, Virginia, to pick up a part for a broken pump from the fresh water generating system; however, the part had not arrived by the time the ship pulled into port. The hope was that the part would be waiting at the dock, but unfortunately, it was delayed. Okeanos will spend the night in Norfolk and depart as soon as the part arrives tomorrow. However, the day was not lost! Our ship and shore-based teams used the day to plan logistics of upcoming operations, make sure equipment is up and running well for the cruise, do some additional training of new personnel, and get some much needed rest after a very busy week in Baltimore.