Okeanos Explorer back in port in San Juan. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs. Download larger version (jpg, 1.6 MB).
Today’s dive was canceled due to an issue with the Okeanos Explorer’s air conditioning. The ship’s engineering team spent the day troubleshooting the issue, but unfortunately we will need to head into port for a repair. All of the electronic equipment onboard, such as our computers that control the vehicle and store all of our data, is sensitive to overheating at high temperatures and cannot be safely used under current conditions on the ship. Our mission team used the time to work on vehicle maintenance, catch up on work, and fill multibeam holidays...until the system was too hot to operate.