Thursday, April 19, 2007

On our way ... sort of

NOAA Ship HI'IALAKAIWe pulled out of Pearl Harbor this morning under bright skies and upon sparkling seas. After stowing gear and making ready for sea we spent the afternoon taking care of emergency drills (fire, abandon ship, etc) and running some tests on the multi-beam sonar equipment we use for mapping the sea floor. That takes several hours and gives us time to make those last minute phone calls to family and loved ones.

Towards the end of the day we had a minor power failure which seems to have damaged a couple of the batteries on the UPS (uninterrupted power source) which feeds clean power to computers and other instruments. Sooo ... it seems we are going to spend the night just off Honolulu, will run a small boat in tomorrow morning to pick up replacements, and commence our transit to Wake starting mid-day tomorrow. hrumph. Oh well. We have extra days built into the transit, so the extra time shouldn't affect our work schedule too much.

I'll let you know how things go tomorrow.


Post a Comment

<< Home