NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Operations Officer, LT Aaron Colohon, shakes Commanding Officer, CDR Eric Johnson’s hand following successful recovery of the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). All power and communications to the vehicle were lost during the dive, making recovery more complicated than usual. Next to them, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration ROV Dive Supervisor, Dan Rogers, oversees operations on the aft deck following recovery. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 6.5 MB).
Two cusk eels seen while exploring "Keli" Ridge on July 18, 2017. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana.. Download larger version (mp4, 29.4 MB).
Out at sea, some days are better than others. Today was one of the more challenging days. We had a delayed start to remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployment as a squall passed over. After safely getting the vehicles in the water and doing the pre-dive briefing, the onboard team conducted a live interaction with guests at the Exploration Command Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Once the ROV arrived on bottom, science operations commenced. However during the first hour, the live video feeds to shore went down. Technicians at sea and on shore quickly rallied to troubleshoot and resolve the issue and successfully brought the feeds online within a few hours. Just as the video feeds were brought online, a separate issue caused a loss of power and communication to the vehicles, resulting in immediate cancellation of the dive and vehicle recovery. Once the vehicles were safely recovered, the engineering team spent the night troubleshooting and repairing the vehicles. The team will spent the remainder of the day and night mapping a seamount to the west of “Keli” Ridge.