Thursday, June 28, 2012

First day continued

We left Malta Grand Harbour early this morning aboard a conveyance ship which ferried us to R.V. Urania which was waiting for us outside the harbour.  This ‘tender’ was larger than many of the ships scientists would use to conduct research from!  It did not take long to complete the 3 mile journey to the Urania in open water.

All luggage was transferred by crane (for safety reasons, not because we packed too much), and then our safety tour began.  Indoors the ship is air conditioned, but the weather was very warm and once a door to the outside was opened, everyone was greeted by a blast of hot air. Many of the scientists had to stop themselves jumping into the flat calm water for a swim.  Time passed quickly setting up equipment and before long it was time for lunch.  Every scientist left satisfied knowing then next work shift would be fuelled by delicious ravioli.  

The cruise work is split into shifts, 8-12, 12-4 and 4-8 through the full 24 hours of the day.  As a result some people went to bed in preparation for their night shift, while others worked.

The Urania and her crew, being Italian, are full of expectation for tonight’s football game against Germany.  Most scientists will also be cheering on Italy regardless of their own nationality, after all, we have to show solidarity with our hosts, no? 

Despite the football, seismic and multibeam data acquisition will continue right through the night.