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Deep-sea Cruises 2010 - Cruise 1

Cruise Log: 9/26/2010    

Dramatic at sea transfer

Amanda Demopoulos

ROV pilot, Dennis Arbige gets assistance from Chief Engineer, Mark Smith as he steps onto his new home for the next 7 days. - click to enlarge
While finishing up our final dive at VK 906, the ship's crew prepared for a critical at-sea transfer of two of the ROV personnel. Important commitments on land required that these personnel return home and be replaced by two new members of the team. At-sea transfers are carefully orchestrated maneuvers that require the complete attention of crew on both the research vessel and transporting boat. As the transport boat approached the RV Cape Hatteras, the new ROV crew had to quickly jump on the ship and transfer their personal gear without losing anything overboard. The timing of the transfer is critical because one ill timed move can result in either damage to the boat or injury to the personnel. In the end, this transfer was successful, and the new ROV members are already working hard to get ready for our final study site.

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