NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer at the dock in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for necessary repairs to the port engine. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2018. Download larger version (jpg, 3.9 MB).
Image of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in port at night. Image courtesy of Caitlin Bailey, GFOE, Gulf of Mexico 2018. Download larger version (jpg, 5.5 MB).
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, at approximately noon on April 22. Support staff was waiting at the pier. The ship’s engineering department worked late into the evening on repairing the port motor. The onboard science team evaluated different alternatives for the expedition schedule that would still achieve the overall objectives of the scientific community for the remainder of the expedition.
On April 23, the ship's engineers continued to work diligently with shore support on the port engine repairs—the cooling fans needed to be repaired. The team hopes to install both fans and run tests in the morning. If everything is in order, we hope to be underway tomorrow afternoon. The science team has taken the opportunity to process samples and data we have collected so far on this expedition. Additionally, the entire crew has taken advantage of being in port again to take inventory of supplies, catch up on correspondence, and evaluate various scenarios for departure.