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Blog Posts by: Jack Ravensberg

Today started out not so good, with strong winds and quite a lot of waves. So it was not possible to deploy the ROV in the morning so we did some grabs and CTD here and there. Later in the day there was less wind so we tried to do a ROV and that gave some good results. But OK, enough about ROVs, grabs and CTDs. I’d like to talk about another subject what is aswell important on board. And that is comunication with home on board a ship. When I started sailing, about 30 years ago now, there was no internet, no mobile phones, no wifi, no satelitte communication.

Today we arrived to the middle of the North Sea. We woke up to some some lousy weather; cold, rain and windy. Today feels more like winter in stark contrast to yesterday  where we had a summerday. It‘s incredible how the weather can change so fast out here,  but I guess we are right in the heart of the ¨North¨ Sea.

After a night sailing on a pretty bumpy sea we arrived in Dutch waters, in the area named Gasfontijnen. In Dutch, this literally means ‘fountains of gas’, or the so-called ‘pockmarks’.

Pockmarks are craters in the seabed caused by gas and liquids erupting and streaming through the sediments.

Today we woke up, anchor still down, to nice views of the Fjord near Egersund.

But only the weather was not so nice, still a lot of cold fresh wind with a force of 25-30 knots with gusts of 30, and of course, the rain.

Now I understand why it is so nice, green and clean in Norway – it's thanks to the rain.

After repairing the air bottles, which were damaged by the storm yesterday, and replacing the filter of the air compressor and filling the bottles with the fresh air of Norway, the divers went for a dive.

After many days at sea it’s nice to be back on land again.

Today is Sunday, you think to yourself: “that’s nice, a day of rest…”

But no. Instead of a lazy day we decided to go on a trip to see the most famous overhanging rock rising above the beautiful Lynsefjord.

The journey involved a ferry and a bus ride through the breathtaking Norwegian landscape and once we thought we arrived, we still needed a pretty difficult but beautiful 3.5 km hike to reach the rock in the pouring rain.

Our departure from Grimsby was at 6 a.m. heading for the Humber grounds again. Due to the fact that the current was high we could not get the ROV or the divers in the water so we did a couple of grabs and CTD in some different positions. After the grabs we anchored near a wreck to wait for the current to ease a bit to dive.