So much for the slow day in-port the team was hoping for. We arrived at Port Fourchon, Louisiana around eight this morning and things have been very hectic ever since. Several members of the team went onshore to grab some personal things this morning, while the rest of us prepared sediment samples for transfer.
Our samples are going to a variety of labs for processing. Most of our samples could stay onboard if we had the space for them, but the samples intended for further chemistry analysis such as tests for four specific PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are compounds found in oil) known as BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) need to be run within a week or two of sample collection. BTEX analysis is very important for measuring the presence of oil in the sediment.
After a morning of packing samples and waiting for supplies to come in, our groceries also came in, so we loaded boxes of fruits and vegetables, meat, and dozens of cases of soda, Gatorade, and water into the galley. Apparently Port Fourchon is quite the hub. Not only did we get moved to three different slips throughout the day, we watched boat after boat pass by like a Port Fourchon boat parade!
This evening our final supplies arrived, team members returned from various onshore errands, and the Ocean Veritas headed back out for open water.