IODP Expedition 301T:
Transit/Cost Rica Hydrogeology
Week 4 Report
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September 20, 2004
Panama Canal Pilot departs ship after Panama
Canal transit is complete at 0342 hours September 13, 2004. Clear breakwater
at 0413 hours. Underway at full speed to St. John's, Newfoundland. At 1730
hours on 14 September, reduced speed because of bad weather ahead. Maintained
reduced speed until 0830 on 15 September when a decision was made to go east of
Hispaniola Island to go around behind Tropical Storm Jeanne. The change of
course added 174 nm to overall voyage and changed ETA of vessel into St. John's
to September 24th. Overall average transit speed for the voyage is
10.7 knots. Traveled 1745 nm out of 2918 nm transit.
During occupation of sites 1253 and 1255 and transit, the JR operated under a security level of MARSEC Level 1 (Yellow) and appropriate security measures were in effect.
Technical Support and HSE Activities
The new technicians have been training in their respective
labs. The technical staff is also cross training in different labs during the
transit. The staff are indexing the documentation throughout the labs and
inventorying parts of the analytical systems. There have been safety-training
sessions on risk management as well as general lab safety.
The Computer Specialists tested the inSORs multi-media
conferencing and collaboration software by broadcasting voice and video over a
number of different bandwidths. The initial test results were favorable and
more tests are planned in the future.
Two JOI personnel are sailing during the transit to photo
document the labs and conduct interviews with personnel. Stereoscopic photos
are being taken of various labs and locations on the ship and personnel are
being interviewed and filmed.
Core recovery: None
Samples collected: None
HSE: A scheduled fire and boat drill was conducted 15
September. Those not involved proceeded to their lifeboats. Three IODP
representatives attended the Transocean's Safety Module 6 with all Transocean
Supervisors. Technical personnel are continuing to sign up for mandatory
safety training courses developed to educate the sea-going staff and satisfy
international marine safety requirements.