We were supposed to have been beginning a mid-life refit onboard the Thomas G. Thompson, however it was decided to postpone the refit for one year. This ship is one of several that works under UNOLS scheduling. UNOLS is the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (Click HERE for link) and our schedule is determined by a central dispatch type arrangement. If you are a scientist with a project in the Caribbean, they will schedule ship time for you on a ship that will be in the area. If you are working in the North Pacific, they will schedule time for you on the nearest ship and so on. Since we were “scheduled” to be in the shipyard now, we didn’t get put on the schedule. Later once it was decided to postpone the shipyard, the ship’s schedule was filled in as best as possible but we still had a six week gap at the dock.
We have been getting very familiar with our painting skills, cleaning, maintenance, etc. They are also doing some training. Next week there is one of the local maritime schools coming in to do Fast Rescue Boat Training. I won’t be able to make that because I’m getting sent out on the Clifford A. Barnes to help out for a short trip. I will get to take a course later.
We normally would be in the South Pacific at this time of year, but instead we will be getting spanked in the Gulf of Alaska over the winter. Stay tuned for a report. We have some other things to do first.