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Post Date: 14 April 2008
Kodiak, AK
Latitude: 57.78
Longitude: -152.42
Posted By: Josh London

Extended Delay in Kodiak

As you may have noticed from the NOAA ShipTracker site, we were unable to leave port earlier this week as we hoped. We remain in Kodiak while the team of engineers and crew continue to work on the mechanical issues. We are now hoping to sail later this week. The officers and crew of the Oscar Dyson continue to be gracious hosts and have tried to accommodate our needs as much as possible while we remain in Kodiak.

Unfortunately, there's not much we can do to further prepare for the cruise until we have a confirmed departure date. Thankfully, the internet allows us to keep in touch with the office in Seattle and accomplish other tasks and assignments related to our research. We did take time yesterday to test our new GPS and radio equipment. These items are essential to safety and communication during our operations and it was good to familiarize ourselves with the various options and menus.

We are also continually monitoring sea-ice imagery provided to us by the National Ice Center. With our shortened schedule, knowing where the ice edge is, how it is moving and what type of ice is in an area, will be crucial to maximizing our remaining time.

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