We are still searching for leads heading south but heavy snow and visibility, down to 500m, is making searching for anything difficult right now.
The weather is SW 20kts, air temp -2, sea temp -1.5, sea flat calm, sea ice drifting NE at ½ kt.
For now we have stopped and the chief takes the opportunity to shut the main engine down so he can check oil filter screens, change oil in the turbo and generally give the old girl a rest for a while. We will be back in search mode as soon as the snow stops, that can be while down here.
The rest of the crew are using this down time to check all the fire fighting gear, sharpen up their response times and generally be as ready as we can for an emergency – if we’re unfortunate enough to have one.
After that its time for the crew to chill out and please themselves what they do… reading, chess, cards, videos and play station challenges are a good way to pass the time until the fishing action starts again.
Rgds: John B.