|DeepSee submersible onload |
(Photo credit: P. Auster/NURTEC/UConn
Meanwhile, the Undersea Hunter Group on-loaded the DeepSee submersible (top right) onto the support ship Argo. After a busy day of onload, the ROV gear cleared customs late in the day and arrived at the port of Puntarenas around 2100 hrs. The cloud of dust and glare of headlights coming down the dirt road to the dock was a welcome sight. Everyone pitched in and all of the equipment was loaded onto the ship in two and a half hours. That was the easy part - then began the task of unpacking crates, organizing equipment and making Hela ROV operational. Work continued to the early hours of the morning.
This National Geographic expedition is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1114251. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.