NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer underway and steaming towards Phoenix Canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014. Download larger version (jpg, 5.2 MB).
After an overnight stay in Norfolk, Okeanos anxiously awaited the arrival of the fresh water maker pump. The part arrived early afternoon and we left the dock at approximately 1530 today. Today was primarily spent adjusting dive plans for the rest of the cruise based on the delay and assessing the weather conditions for the next couple of days. Tonight we will transit to Phoenix Canyon to conduct our first remotely operated vehicle dive of Leg 3. During the transit, we will collect multibeam bathymetry and XBT data. We plan to be in the water tomorrow around 0830, so tune in to the live feeds to explore with us!