Meteor-Blog: Welcome to ROV-Hausen
Today by Joerg Tonnies.
18. July 2008 (Author: Jörn Tonnius)
19°06' S, 011° 47' E
“Hi, my name is Jörn Tonnius. I am a PhD student at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences Bremen where I am working in the research group hydrothermal systems. During this cruise, I will be working with the geochemistry team to collect pore water samples from the sediment cores, perform analyses and prepare them for further analysis in Europe.”
Welcome to ROV-Town!
the whole scientific team gathered in the conference room, where the ROV team leader
Volker Ratmeyer gave a presentation about the technical equipment of “QUEST”.
The huge array of sensors, cameras and manipulators that can be deployed during
the dives down to a depth of 4000 meter is very impressive. After the
presentation, small groups were led to the working deck. There, the dive robot
and its surroundings, including a giant cable-winch and the big control
container, form a small community of its own: the so-called “ROV-Town.
Picture 1: The “town sign of ROV-Town” marks the restricted access area surrounding QUEST 4000 on the working deck.
Picture 2: ROV team leader Volker Ratmeyer explains QUEST 4000 to a group of scientists
the dives, a crew of nine technicians will work there in shifts. The control
room of the dive robot alone uses a whole container. The remaining free space
in the container is normally used by only four people: the two ROV-pilots and
two scientists, one of them leading the dive and the other preparing the
protocol. The high resolution pictures of the dive recorded by the HDTV-
cameras are directly transferred to the ship net and then presented on a big
Picture 3: The control container of the dive robot
After the long transit to the dive sites, a very intensive program of long dives is planned. Therefore, all scientists on board will most likely have the chance to accompany some of the dives in the control room. I’m looking forward to that and to all the new things we will learn during these dives.
Picture 4: View into the control room of Quest 4000