Day 1: Getting our ship together

IMG_3835The R/V Sikuliaq from her stern. The cranes and winches will be used to load the equipment onto the ship and deploy the OBS and GPS/Acoustic instruments. 

This ship is part of the UNOLS fleet and is run by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The R/V Sikuliaq allows researchers to collect sediment samples directly from the seafloor, host remotely operated vehicles, use a flexible suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment, and conduct surveys throughout the water column and sea bottom using an extensive set of research instrumentation.


The ship is currently docked in Seward, AK (see below), in Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. The mountains shown in the background are a part of the Kenai Fjords National Park.


The OBS and GPS/Acoustic instruments were shipped from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, respectively, in large shipping containers.

IMG_3847Orange GPS/Acoustic instruments. Three will be deployed during this leg. Ted Koscynski (LDEO OBS Engineer)

IMG_3846Yellow ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)

IMG_3849Most of our instruments at the Seward Marine Center waiting to be loaded onto the ship. David Heath for scale.

The Seward Marine Center is a major marine research and support facility operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Co-located with the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, the “Seward Campus” is a central feature in the community of Seward and the Kenai Peninsula.


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