This is Your Captain Speaking

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. On behalf of the crew, I welcome you aboard Belgica flight A962 to Zeebrugge. We have hit our cruising altitude of 10 feet. We are expecting a relatively smooth cruise and anticipate an on-time arrival in Zeebrugge on Tue June 18th at 0830 local time. You will…

Message in a bottle…

Today is already day 10 of this expedition, and (unfortunately) also the final full day for scientific work on board of RV Belgica. After having sheltered a few days in Bantry Bay, trying to keep ourselves busy (or catch up on overdue work), we set off this morning to the study area again with two…

Keeping busy

It is all so quiet, shh shh. It is all so still, shh shh. And so peacefull until … we will depart again. That kinda sums up the last few days since we are still stuck in Bantry Bay, a place that starts to feel like home. Despite the splendid green Irish country views, the…

Echoes from the Deep

Hi all, I am Thomas Mestdagh, a PhD student from the Department of Geology of Ghent University. For the second year in a row I am aboard of RV Belgica to join the team that sails out to the Porcupine Seabight. However, we are unfortunately not in the Porcupine Seabight at this moment, since we…

Deeply Stubborn

This is Robin Houthoofdt, and I am not going to bore you with my lifestory again. You can read my post from last year if you want to know more. The only change is that it’s one year of experience later. The start of this campaign did not go as easy as it should for…

The Adventures of the ROV Genesis

Hi there, welcome to today’s update on life aboard the RV Belgica. My name is Aisling Robinson and I just finished my final year as an undergraduate in NUI Galway studying Marine Science. Taking part in this survey has been a very exciting experience for me as it is unlike any I have had before.…

Knock knock… Sparky’s here!

Hi followers, today it’s my task to write a daily report on this survey. My name is Wim Versteeg and I am working for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Last year I was also one of the participants of the Porcupine survey. My experience from my previous job at RCMG as seismic geophysicist was needed…