All the equipment is now on board the research vessel Marcus G. Langseth. Technicians spent the day checking that the instruments are in good working order and updated as necessary. For example seismic stations are mounted to support frames, and data loggers have their timing synced with the Global Positioning System (GPS). The instruments are put on deck and locked securely to avoid shifting during the voyage.
Today, most of the scientific crew arrived on board and have their respective rooms assigned. It is a nice social atmosphere here; new people are introduced to each other, whereas some of the crew members are reunited with former colleagues from past missions.