Posts Tagged ‘pack ice’

22nd December 2008

December 22, 2008

Hi and thanks to everyone who have sent messages to the crew, some from family and others from people we don’t know. Whenever comments come in we post them on the mess room bulkhead and its amazing to see how the crew respond to a connection from back home. Again, thank you, and we’ll do our best to reply to all when we get the chance.

The weather has cleared today and we have 2 lines in open water north of the ice edge. This is not the spot we want to fish, that area is still ice covered at this stage so we’ll have to be content fishing on the northern hills for a few more days yet. Its better than looking at the big white monster (the pack ice) as we call it.

Rgds: John B.

A strange looking growler

A strange looking growler

Melting iceberg

Melting ice berg

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21st December 2008

December 22, 2008

Stopped and drifting at the ice edge, 66 58s 177 30e. Weather conditions, SE 25-30kts, constant snow showers, very low cloud base, visibility 500m, calm sea with 2m N-NE swell.

Ice condition: open water to the North and 7 to 8/10th pack ice to the South.

During this part of the season we have plenty of down time while waiting for ice to thaw and leads (pathways through the ice pack) to open. Right now the crew are being briefed by the 1st mate and bosuns about SOP’s (Safe Operating Procedures). In the last few days we have modified some of our procedures and further training is required for some of the newer crew to bring them up to speed with safety aspects. We’re also taking the time to update our hazard register and run through, with the crew, some of the potentially dangerous activities throughout the ship during day to day activity.

SOP (Safe Operating Procedures) briefing, Left to right, Tangi ( 1st mate) Shand, Noel, Theo (boson), Aaron, Chevy and Kahu.

SOP (Safe Operating Procedures) briefing, Left to right, Tangi ( 1st mate) Shand, Noel, Theo (boson), Aaron, Chevy and Kahu.

It is also a good chance to recheck the fishing gear, have a clean up or maybe write an e-mail, watch a movie or just chill out and do nothing for a change.

Ren burning rubbish 3 days ago, it was a nice day then

Ren burning rubbish 3 days ago, it was a nice day then

Bull splicing float lines

Bull splicing float lines

To go fishing in Antarctica you have to be patient. The last thing we want is to get into difficulties this far from home.

Rgds: John B.