|Fig. 1. The R/V Tangaroa berthed at Centre Port in Wellington to load on supplies and scientific gear.|
Before leaving the Wellington harbour we had to run some safety tests, checking that the rescue boat was in good working order and calibrating the ships compass, as well as inducting the newbies like myself into the way of ship life. We departed from Wellington at 2 pm on Monday the 26th and made our way around Cape Palliser and northwards on our ~60 hour transit to the research area.
|The sea conditions then (left) and now (right). The photos don't do justice to the change in swell height and surface chop from day two to day three.|
|Fabio and Christian unloading the magnetometer for setup and dry testing before we arrive at the study site.|
While we are still in transit life onboard is still relatively quiet so I will take this opportunity to introduce the other members of the scientific crew: