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The RRS James Clark Ross is currently in Southampton mobilising for a scientific cruise to the Arctic.  Apologies for the lack of updates but there has been a lot happening and hopefully this evening I will make up for missing days.

The highlight of my day today was having fifteen students from Notre Dame School,  Cobham,  visit the ship.  I tend to carry out talks at schools and this is the first time I have had the pleasure of showing students around the ship.  It proved to be a very worthwhile visit and I think that they enjoyed the experience,  which was then followed by visit to the National Oceanography Centre and a meeting with Boaty McBoatface.  They very kindly presented me with the school teddy bear,  who has been named Teddy McTedface!  He will now remain on board for the trip north to the Arctic and then later in the year will get to see the Antarctic too.

During the week some of the automated science equipment has gone ashore for servicing but other equipment has been brought back on board.  Below the bench is the Picaro system which,  amongst other things,  measures the level of CO2,  which today was reading about 428ppm.  The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is being closely watched by many people as there are implications with the rise.

In the Main Lab other equipment is being set up.  Everything that comes on board will need to be secured to the benches and worktops as there is a likelihood that at some point we will encounter some lumpy seas and the ship may well roll.

During this morning a lorry arrived carrying our victuals,  or food stores,  for the trip,  and the Catering Department were busy getting it all stored away.....with the help of the Deck Department.  This may mean that the biscuit crisis will now be at an end!

More experiments being set up in the Main Lab.  This evening some scientists were still hard at work getting the lab ready for our departure on Friday afternoon.

My understanding is that all those sailing with the James Clark Ross on Friday will be joining us on Thursday morning.  It is important that those travelling with us don't just arrive ten minutes prior to departure,  as there are numerous safety briefings and talks that they need to attend before the ship can sail.

Whilst the ship has a lot of lab space,  this cruise requires more that we have and this problem is resolved by lifting on board some container labs,  which are a very easy and effective way in which to add such space to the ship.  The labs are connected up to the electricity supply and,  if required,  can also hav such things as hot and cold water,  sea water and gasses.  This will all depend on what work is to be carried out inside the labs.

All being well the James Clark Ross will sail for the Arctic on the afternoon of the 30th of June.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report 

All fast,  Empress Dock,  Southampton.    



Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com