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With our first day at sea since departing Southampton everything seems to be going well on board the James Clark Ross.  The weather,  which this morning was a bit dull and overcast,  has improved throughout the day and we have been enjoying some lovely sunshine this afternoon.  The wind has picked up a little and from time to time we have been shipping water up forward.  The motion has,  on the whole,  been very good and I think everyone on board is coping without any great issues.

BBC Solent were on board the ship on Thursday and had a tour with Jo,  our Chief Scientist,  and they have produced a short video which can be viewed HERE.

In the early hours of this morning the VHF radio was alive with a Mayday,  which was later reduced to a Pan Pan,  following the collision of two ships in the English Channel.  Considerable damage has been caused to one of the vessels,  a tanker,  but no one has been injured according to the news reports on the BBC website and can be read HERE

  This picture shows the proposed work sites that will be visited by the JCR on the Arctic cruise.  They will not be done in numerical order and there is always the chance that the exact positions may have to be changed depending on the circumstances prevailing at the time.


The image above shows the outer limits of the NSS7 Satellite,  which is located above the Equator at 20W.  The area with yellow shading should allow us some form of signal,  but with the satellite a maximum of 3 or less above the horizon it will not be as good as usual and just a slight bit of rolling could mean the satellite vanishing below the horizon and the signal being lost briefly.  However it should be good enough for our email to continue and possibly some of our phone lines.

Once we cross into the red shaded area the satellite will be below the horizon and no more communications via our V-sat system.  This ship does have,  as a backup,  an Iridium based satellite phone that works on a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites but this is not as good as our usual system.  There is a good chance that once we enter the red shaded area that we will be in there for over two weeks and so for those of you with family or friends on board it will mean a period of silence from the ship.  It is highly unlikely that I will be able to update this website,  as that relies on the V-sat system.  All is not lost as our Automatic Weather Station will continue to send regular updates,  which will include the position of the James Clark Ross and these can be found HERE and via the link at the top of the page.  However it should be noted that this is a third party site and should it not show any position updates that will not be because we have vanished but due to a processing issue,  which does happen from time to time.

From the next update the Dartcom satellite image will show the locations of the fifteen work sites.

The bright view looking aft late this afternoon.

Looking forward this afternoon,  with the cruise ship Aurora heading towards us.  When we get further north it is hoped that we may see some aurora activity in the evenings before it gets too light at night.

During the early hours of Sunday morning the ship will advance clocks to GMT +2 and we will then be working on the same time zone as Norway.  Our ETA for the pick up of the remaining scientists and support staff is Friday morning.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 51 55 N
Longitude: 002 46 E
Bearing: 80 T, 52 Nm from Harwich
Course Made Good 326 T
Destination: Tromso
ETA at 10 knots is 15:42 on 06 July 2017
Distance Travelled: 153
Total Distance Travelled: 153
Steam Time: 18
Total Steam Time: 18
Average Speed: 10.8
Total Average Speed: 10.8
Wind: Direction ENE, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 14 C Sea Temp: 16.7 C
Pressure: 1012.4 Tendency (3 hrs): Rising


Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com