I’m so far behind on this blog it’s scary.
When I last posted, we had been on a long trip from San Diego to the equator and back. The fishing was great, but so was the work. Eventually I’ll get all of report and photos done. We returned to San Diego and unloaded to science party and had an empty ship for our transit to Portland, OR to the Vigor shipyard.
We spent 5 days there repairing our bow thruster and having an ABS hull inspection. We loaded a large buoy while in the yard called “Cha Ba” (means whale tail in Quilliayute Indian) and deployed it off the Washington coast en route to Seattle.
In Seattle we loaded a group from Whoi who placed a series of buoys around Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska. My second time there this year. If I ever see Station P on the schedule again, I’m avoiding it.
From Station P we went to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands and offloaded the Whoi group and took on a new group which was placing 85 underwater sensors around Umok Volcano, one island to the West of Unalaska (Dutch Harbor ). That trip only took a few days but the fog was thick and we never really got to see the volcano despite completely circling the island.
We finished that trip and offloaded again in Dutch Harbor and finally steamed for home. Once we got into the Gulf of Alaska again, we got clobbered by nasty weather. We also passed to Aviq and Fennica heading to Dutch Harbor as part of Shell’s artic drilling campaign.
When we arrived in Seattle, I was off the ship for two glorious summer months!!
I spent my time riding my motorcycle,
home projects, working on my motorcycle, working on my buddy’s tuna sportfisher, running some relief tuna charters for another friend, towing disabled vessels for vessel assist, drinking dome Crown Royal and managed to squeeze in an ECDIS course.
I reported back to the ship two weeks ago and right now it’s blowing 30-40 knots off the coast of Vancouver Island. We are on a project for the Canadians and are also working with a cable lay ship and Bob Ballard’s ship, the Nautilus.
We have onboard the Jason /Medea ROV from Woods Hole and are basically killing time until the weather improves enough for the ROV to dive again.
Unfortunately for the science party, they’ll be lucky to get another day of ops before thier ship time runs out. They have a laundry list of things that won’t get completed.
I now have the seatime for a 1600 Mate N.C. license and have just completed this week the last of the OICNW assesments that I needed. When this hitch is over I will apply to the USCG to upgrade my license and begin to study for a monster test.
Will try to get the updates done weekly, as has been my goal.