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2 - Getting used to the ship
by Carlie Wiener
here to see where the Hi'ialakai is now.
here to see current data from the ship.
Sleeping quarters. Credit: Carlie Wiener
Last night was a new sleeping experience for me, rolling
back and forth throughout the night. The ship will be in
transit all day today, which gives the group some time to
work out research details and get acquainted with the ship.
One of the most important focuses for the ship’s crew
is safety. We started off the morning with an inspection
of all the dive gear, ensuring that everything was in working
order for the dives.
Dive gear inspection. Credit: Carlie Wiener
The dive master on board also took the
scientists through a bunch of safety drills, making sure
they knew how to board and place someone in the decompression
chamber. It was surprising to see how large the decompression
chamber on the ship was. This chamber is important to have
as it could help save a diver’s life in the case of
Practicing a dive decompression in the chamber. Credit:
The ship is beginning to seem a little smaller
now, after spending 24 hours getting to explore my surroundings.
The creaky noises have subsided into the background and the
large machinery has become familiar. This afternoon we ran
some safety drills, it was very amusing watching people get
into their safety suits.
Getting into the survival suits. Credit: Carlie Wiener
The scientists discuss amongst themselves
the different sites that they will be visiting at our first
stop, and what they plan to look for. The late afternoon
turns very quiet as people work busily at their laptops,
we are all anxious to arrive at our destination. From the Hi‘ialakai
a hui hou!
Sunny day at sea. Credit Carlie Wiener.
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