The VISIONS’13 expedition is nearing its completion. The R/V Thompson is on its way to Victoria to offload the ROV ROPOS, before transiting to the University of Washington, School of Oceanography dock. The RSN team completed all that we set out to do and more.The above picture says it all: we have nothing else left on the fantail to install.
We are incredibly grateful to the crew of the R/V Thompson and to the Canadian ROV ROPOS team. Our success would not have happened without them, and we greatly appreciate their incredible professionalism, their sustained hard work over the duration of this cruise, and their efforts to get the job done in the safest and most efficient way possible. We are also grateful for their continued dedication to the entrainment and education of the students in ship and ROV operations as part of the School of Oceanography education program.
This summer’s efforts went a long way toward ensuring the successful completion of the cabled component of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative next summer.