It has now been 4 days sailing non-stop towards the equator. Today the different groups on board made their final preparations for the deployment of the first couple of stations in the next several hours. Once we reach a selected site a deployment procedure is to be followed, such as, which station to go down next (ocean bottom magnetotelluric or seismometer instrument), awaiting orders from the captain or control room, getting feedback from technicians, and surveying the deployment area. During each stage of the deployment a detailed documentation is logged for future reference, particularly useful for recovering back the instruments.
Life on board is interesting, especially when people from the different groups share their stories and experiences. Meanwhile, the laundry room is becoming in demand.