Category Archives: Life at Sea

Ocean Veritas – Rough seas and pulling in our last few samples

Things are winding down here on the Ocean Veritas. Currently we are finishing up the last of our work so that we can head back into port tomorrow.     Last Monday we were in at Port Fourchon, where we … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Back to the Deepwater Horizon well head

We spent the weekend bobbing around the Gulf of Mexico on seas that were about six feet tall—too big for us to sample safely. Many of us were relieved to have a break from sampling since it gave us a … Continue reading

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Pisces – Packin’ it In

The weather turned rough overnight and didn’t improve in the morning.  Gusty winds made operations difficult and dangerous, and since we only had a few more hours till it was time to head for home we decided to call it … Continue reading

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Pisces – Remembering the Men of the Deepwater Horizon

We steamed away from the Deepwater Horizon site at sunset under a cloudless sky.  As the rigs and ships receded over the horizon, it was difficult to picture the very different scenario that was occurring the night of April 20.  … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Sample Transfers and Fresh Supplies

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 … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Safety Drills and Samples

Yesterday we took care of some slow but necessary business: drills. We completed “fire” and “man overboard” drills yesterday, where we learned what to do when anything bad happens: go to the second deck and wait to possibly jump overboard. … Continue reading

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Pisces – If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another…

Our second day at sea…still getting everyone trained on deploying equipment and collecting samples, but everything is progressing nicely.  The only hitch was a malfunctioning winch we use to deploy the corer.  The engineers got to work on it right … Continue reading

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