Snowy end to Leg I

Latitude: 61°48′ N
Longitude: 005°54′ W
Air temperature: 6.7°C
Wind: 14 knots, south-west
by Michael St John, Seniour Scientist onboard FS METEOR

FS METEOR under snow near Faroe Islands.© C.Lindemann, DTU Aqua

Greetings from Meteor docked in Thorshavn, Faroe Islands. Here we are just finishing off our first circuit around the triangle. The weather gods have been relatively friendly, we have missed but a few hours due to rough seas which is rather surprising. To give you an idea, last night we had snow on the deck leading some to test their snowball skills, but again, no big seas.

The night before we took a wave over the back deck that twisted the big metal frame of the MOCNESS. The power of water is truly amazing! It seems every time we get close to the side of the boat, Neptune has a greeting for us. This is now an expected by all on board. I guess he does not want to give up his secrets without a comment or two. Anyway, we can hope for more friendly weather for the next leg, but as we all know this can be a stormy time of the year. Continue reading

A “dry” run

Latitude: 49°24′ N
Longitude: 013°30′ W
Time: 18:00 GMT
Weather: warm Sea state: calm
Station: Test Station
by Chris Lindemann, DTU-Aqua

At 18:00 we arrived at Test Station. Because we had to unravel the 4 000 meter long winch wire on the after-deck, we needed to choose a very deep station. Due to the good weather conditions, we could test some other gear too. First we verified that the Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) is well balanced and can maintain a stable flight when submerged. Continue reading

Setting sail for rough weather

Latitude: 38° 44` North
Longitude: 009° 9` West (Lisbon Harbour)

by Mike St John, Seniour Scientist aboard FS METEOR

After two days of loading FS METEOR, the scientific crew stayed on board for the first night. A good breakfast this morning at 7:30 started a day of setting up and reorganising the different laboratories. Almost everything is in place now. Continue reading