View of Oahu from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

View of Oahu from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts. Download larger version (jpg, 3.6 MB).

Dive Cancelled Due to Mechanical Issues
September 27, 2017

Today’s dive at Ka’ula was cancelled due to mechanical issues with the ship’s bow thruster. The bow thruster is a critical component of conducting safe remotely operated vehicle operations, so the decision was made to use the day to troubleshoot the issue and test the repairs. As the engineering team worked to troubleshoot the issue, the ship transited and mapped the seafloor en route to tomorrow’s planned dive site. All on board kept busy with vehicle maintenance, dive summary reports, storing and packing of samples, and other projects.