The ROV team spent time in port troubleshooting the new manipulator arm. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs. Download larger version (jpg, 2.0 MB).
Over the last several days, the engineering team on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has worked tirelessly to get our air conditioning back up and running so that we can safely operate the mission-critical electronics. The engineers were successful yesterday and we prepared to get back underway. Unfortunately, one of the ship’s crew had a family emergency and needed to depart the ship. We now do not meet safe manning requirements and will be delayed for a few more days. Luckily, the ship was able to act quickly and secured a replacement crew member which should, hopefully, have us back at sea this Thursday. While in port, our team has been busy preparing to sail, testing new equipment, catching up on backlogged work, and bringing mission systems back on line after they were shut down to protect them from overheating.