Today’s song: I’m shipping up to Boston, Dropkick Murpies

JCR_200_8_scientist_in the life boatIt may be our first day out as sea, but foremost it is meeting day. The first meeting was at 9.00 with the krill team in order to get everybody up and running: Who needs what amount of krill and in what condition (apparently there are lively, near dead, recently deceased and decomposed). After this meeting it was time for the second emergency drill. We all had to go up to the muster station with warm clothing, survival gear and a life jacket. Luckily we didn’t have to put on all of it (especially the flotation suit, which is not only a hassle to put on but also and instant steam bath). Dressed with our life jacket we had to go into the cozy survival boats.

JCR_200_9_scientist_spotting_whalesThanks to the good weather everybody managed to get in and keep their food in as well. After the muster it was time for the fish people to come together to explain how the RMT’s work, especially the 25. In any case I am looking forward to pulling this huge net out the water, it will be a great difference in comparison to the RMT 8 that was used on my previous campaigns. After lunch came an isotopes meeting, which wasn’t mandatory for me but it was quite interesting nevertheless. The final meeting of the day was less mind-bogging: An hour in the gym together with José. We both hope to motivate each other to keep on doing daily exercises on the ship. We’ll have to see what happens in that regard. Tomorrow we will arrive at the test station. Here all of the equipment will be tested for use and give new people on board some time to get used to them. More later…