Chilly rain cleared as if to welcome the Sikuliaq home to Seward, Alaska. Photo: Christie Haupert
The NSF’s newest ocean-going laboratory, the R/V Sikuliaq, last week arrived in her home port of Seward, AK. As part of her welcome home, the ship was open for public tours. PFS science project manager Christie Haupert (who has a marine science degree from MIT/WHOI’s joint program) toured the vessel and stayed for the commissioning ceremony. Happily, she took some gorgeous shots. To read more about the R/V Sikuliaq, read this WHOI Jurassic Magnetism blog post. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will operate the ship under cooperative agreement with the Foundation.
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The R/V Sikuliaq. The first mate addressed the unique, rounded hull of the ship. The hull helps it bounce back “like a weeble wooble,” Christie noted. The hull is reinforced and will allow the Sikuliaq to break through young ice (~ 2.5 meters thick). Photo: Christie Haupert
An inflatable boat on the R/V Sikuliaq with Mt. Marathon in the background. Photo: Christie Haupert
A CTD Rosette on the R/V Sikuliaq. The CTD (for conductivity, temperature and depth) device takes water samples at different depths. Analyzing samples can provide information about seawater density, a major component of ocean currents. Anomalies can suggest unusual features, like hydrothermal vents. More: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/facts/ctd.html Photo: Christie Haupert
View of R/V Sikuliaq’s bow from the bridge. The high platform to which the flags are connected is for instrumentation that can be secured to the ship for atmospheric measurements free of the ship’s exhaust. Photo: Christie Haupert
The aft view of the working deck of the R/V Sikuliaq. These arms can deploy heavy research equipment such as the CTD Rosette. Photo: Christie Haupert