Seawater pumps

One of our newest purchases this year was two so called in-situ pumps (“McLane pumps”). These pumps are lowered into the water, in our cases down to 250m and 500m on a cable, and kept at those depths for 1-2 hours to filter large volumes of water. In an hour, we can get 80L of…

Everyone gets a piece of pancake ice

The sea ice scientists collected pancakes from the ocean with a basket. Those pancakes were brought on board and stored frozen. Then they were subsampled, some were cut and some were used to drill ca. 30cm long ice cores. Our piece of pancake and ice core had to be treated with special precaution not to…

Pancake research

In the end, we never reached the pack ice. Despite sailing all the way to 63 degrees South. So, the differnt science teams on board decided that pancakes are just as fascinating and hectic pancake research began. First, the wave team (those studying wave occurrence, height and frequency, e.g. to find rogue waves or to…

Our day in the Pancake Ice

We encountered the ice in the early morning of the 4th of July. All passengers enjoyed the spectacle as the ship made its easy way through the pancake ice. The winds were very strong though and one had to hold on tightly. The SA Agulhas II has a comfortable observation deck on the 8th floor…

First CTD launch of Winter Cruise 2017

After a failed first CTD launch on Thursday due to rough seas, tensions were high among the team. All fingers were crossed for a successful CTD launch on Friday. The launch was scheduled for 18:00 and the team, along with some helping hands, assembled at 17:00 to prep the CTD and GoFlo bottles. The GoFlo…