Last night we were able to recover a drill sample with the ROV mounted rock drill. The system was delivered by the Seattle based company Williamson and Associates and is custom made for ROV operations. On the vessel we are working to puzzle the information we obtain together to a better understanding of the area we are working. Data like bathymetry, acoustic backscatter, CTD, video transects and samples all need to be put into the proper context. We strive to process as much as possible on board because the information is essential in the continuous cruise planning.
The MarMine project is privileged an interested and committed industry consortium. The cruise is a large scientific campaign and many items are comparable to oil and gas operations. Statoil and Reach Subsea have contributed to the HSE in MarMine by adapting best practise and methods from the oil and gas industry. On marine procedures and practise researchers have much to learn from the industry. Together with the HSE systems onboard Polar King, this work has been important for running safe lowering the risks in the MarMine operations.