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IODP Expedition 372

Creeping Gas Hydrate Slides and Hikurangi LWD


Daily Science Report for 12 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: Work continued on setting up an infrared (IR) camera scanning protocol to identify gas hydrates in cores as soon as they are recovered on the core receiving platform. The Downhole Measurements and Physical Properties groups met to finalize logging templates for the site reports. The Operations Superintendent led a tour of the ship for science party members in the afternoon.

The vessel travelled 285 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 2586 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit. The estimated time of arrival at Site U1517 is 0400 h on 16 December.


Daily Science Report for 11 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: The laboratory teams submitted drafts of their Methods chapters for review by the Co-Chief Scientists and Expedition Project Manager. A meeting was held to train scientists to operate the infrared (IR) thermal imaging camera and to discuss the camera protocol on the catwalk. The Operations Superintendent led tours of the ship for science party members. All of the scientists participated in survival suit training.

The vessel travelled 271 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 2301 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit. The estimated time of arrival at Site U1517 is 0800 h on 16 December.


Daily Science Report for 10 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: The scientists continued to work on the Methods sections for the Expedition Reports and prepare for logging and coring operations. A lifeboat drill was held in the morning and two science seminars were held in the evening. A ship-to-ship video call with IODP Expedition 381 (Corinth Active Rift Development) was held between the two science parties. The Expedition 381 Co-Chiefs and science party shared their science objectives, some of their coring results, and gave us a tour of their laboratory spaces.

The vessel travelled 298 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 2030 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit. The estimated time of arrival at Site U1517 is 0800 h on 16 December.


Daily Science Report for 9 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: Many of the scientists participated in a borehole imaging workshop in the morning. The Downhole Measurements group met to finalize logging data templates, and the Physical Properties team was trained on the laboratory instrumentation. The laboratory teams continue to work on Methods sections for the Expedition Reports. A science seminar was held in the evening.

The vessel travelled 277 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 1687 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 8 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: The Operations Superintendent gave an overview of JOIDES Resolution drilling and coring operations related to the Expedition. This was followed by a presentation by the Co-Chief Scientists that introduced the IODP JRSO technical staff and ship’s crew to the Expedition 372 science objectives. The laboratory groups worked on their methodology and created templates for the visual core descriptions and downhole logging data. A science seminar was held in the evening.

The vessel travelled 291 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 1455 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 7 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: The Core Description and Physical Properties teams met with members of the IODP JRSO technical staff to begin laboratory training. The Downhole Measurement group discussed site report workflow and divided up into subdisciplines. The laboratory teams continue to work on their Methods sections for the Expedition Reports, and a science seminar was held in the evening.

The vessel travelled 265 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 1164 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 6 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: Members of the science party continued to present their research interests and postcruise research plans for Expedition 372. The laboratory teams worked on Methods chapters for the Expedition Reports and two science seminars were held.

The vessel travelled 253 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 899 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 5 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: Members of the science party continued to present their research interests and postcruise research plans for Expedition 372. A science seminar was held that discussed the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and fault failure.

The vessel travelled 275 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 646 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 4 December 2017

Location: In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: Members of the science party presented their research interests and postcruise research plans for Expedition 372. Additionally, the science party attended two science seminars focused on the geology of the Expedition study area.

The vessel travelled 301 nmi during the day. Thus far, the ship has completed 371 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 3 December 2017

Location:
• ORAN1 anchorage area by Garden Island
• In transit to Site U1517 (proposed Site TLC-04B)

Science Update: The science party attended presentations on MeBO drilling results from the Tuaheni landslide area, an overview of logging-while-drilling tools and their utility, and an introduction to IODP curation.

Hull cleaning concluded at 1610 h and the pilot came aboard the vessel at 1652 h. After pulling up anchor at 1706 h, the vessel began the sea passage at 1830 h. The ship completed 58 nmi of the 3407 nmi transit.


Daily Science Report for 2 December 2017

Location: ORAN1 anchorage area by Garden Island

Science Update: The science party was introduced to IODP publications and shipboard reports. The Education and Outreach Officers shared their planned activities for Expedition 372 and how the science party can get involved. The laboratory teams spent the remainder of the day working on Methods chapters and research planning presentations. The first abandon ship drill was held in the afternoon. Hull cleaning continued and is estimated to be completed by 1500 h on 3 December. The estimated departure time for the vessel is 1600 h on 3 December.


Daily Science Report for 1 December 2017

Location:
• Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia
• ORAN1 anchorage area by Garden Island

Science Update: The vessel took on fuel during the night and the pilot boarded the ship at 1124 h. The vessel departed Victoria Quay with the last line away at 1148 h. After a 10 nmi transit, the ship arrived at anchorage at 1311 h. The hull cleaning barge arrived around 1400 h and commenced work immediately. The ship is estimated to depart from anchorage the evening of 3 December.

The science party met in the afternoon to share their research priorities with the group. The laboratory teams continue to prepare for operations.


Daily Science Report for 30 November 2017

Location: Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia

Science Update: The Expedition 372 science party had the day free to collect last minute supplies or to tour the area before departing on the vessel. The technical staff installed the cold weather wall on the core receiving platform and the final Schlumberger logging-while-drilling tool was loaded onto the ship.

To comply with the New Zealand ship biofoul regulations, the ship will transit to an anchorage area offshore of Fremantle to have the hull cleaned. The hull cleaning operations are estimated to take 48 h. The vessel is scheduled to depart the Victoria Quay at 1130 h on 1 December.


Daily Science Report for 29 November 2017

Location: Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia

Science Update: The morning began with the Co-Chief Scientists introducing the Expedition 372 science objectives to the science party. The Expedition Project Manager then gave an overview of what will be done on the Expedition as well as a preview of the primary postcruise research and publication activities. In the afternoon, the laboratory teams met to discuss laboratory work flow, logging and seismic software, and the curation of geochemistry samples.

Schlumberger logging-while-drilling and monitoring-while-drilling tools were loaded onto the ship along with other Schlumberger supplies and a new logging wireline. Offgoing samples from Expedition 369 were unloaded and shipped. The vessel is estimated to depart Fremantle at 0700 h on 1 December.


Daily Science Report for 28 November 2017

Location: Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia

Science Update: The Expedition 372 science party met the IODP JRSO technical staff and had their cruise photos taken. The Marine Computer Specialists walked the science party through connecting their personal computers to the shipboard network and accessing email. The downhole measurement science team met to discuss what logging-while-drilling measurements are highest priority for postcruise research to achieve the science objectives. The Captain, First Mate, and Ship’s Doctor provided a shipboard safety orientation for the science party. Representatives from the Schlumberger Perth office and the Schlumberger logging-while-drilling engineers met with members of the science party and operations staff to discuss the logging tool string and the tool capabilities.

Siem Offshore and IODP frieght continued to be loaded onto the vessel. The estimated departure time for the vessel is 0900 h on 1 December.


Daily Science Report for 27 November 2017

Location: Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia

Science Update: The day began with the ship crew change and crossover at 0730 h. The Expedition 372 science party boarded the vessel at 1030 h and were shown to their accommodations. The scientists learned about life aboard the ship and laboratory safety, and they were given a safety tour of the laboratory areas. The Schlumberger logging-while-drilling engineers visited the ship during the afternoon to survey the rig floor area. Tours of the ship were conducted throughout the day for the public and media. Other completed port call activities include a video survey of the ship’s hull and continued loading of freight.


Daily Science Report for 26 November 2017

Location: Victoria Quay, Berth D, Fremantle, Australia

Science Update: IODP Expedition 372 began at 0742 h with the first line ashore at Victoria Quay in Fremantle, Australia. The IODP JRSO technical staff and Co-Chief Scientists boarded the vessel at 0930 h and the Expedition 369 science party disembarked at 1130 h. Port call activities started with IODP JRSO staff crew change and crossover. The offgoing technical staff departed the vessel at 1530 h.

IODP air freight and the new Schlumberger wireline cable were loaded onto the vessel.