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Sunday, February 20, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer Newfoundland & Labrador Fishery Survey: DAY 21

Date 19/02/2011 Time: 20:00 hrs (UTC)


Position:  50 35.03 N; 054 01.59 W, on our way again!


The Celtic Explorer made a safe and swift exit from St Anthony and is now on way again in our continuing quest for knowledge of the seas. 

The weather has calmed to a nicer 15 knots and the swell seems like nothing compared to our previous adventures.  We are now moving south, away from all the ice and towards the Bonavista Corridor, where our survey will focus next. 

Chief Engineer Damien McCallig and 2nd Engineer Robert Kirby at the control panel of the Engine Control Room (photo: Kate Barley)


Today is a feature blog day, I made an exciting visit to the heart of the ship, the place where it all happens!... The Engine Control Room.  For a traditionally ‘man’ centred area I was happy to note it was very clean and tidy and perhaps one of the nicest Engine Control Rooms I have seen!

The Celtic Explorer has a diesel electric power system, which has been designed to be super quiet for use in fisheries surveys – and it is. Acoustic survey thresholds can easily be lowered to -85 decibels which is 10 times lower than typical for fisheries research survey vessels!

The main engine screen indicating pressures and temperatures (photo: Kate Barley)


2nd Engineer Robert Kirby maintaining one of the engine’s (photo: Kate Barley)

I even went for a visit to see the Celtic Explorer’s three shiny, clean engines, all 5700 Horsepower.  Ear defenders on and down we went into the engine room, pretty exciting stuff!


Centre main engine, 6-cyclinder, and a photo worthy of any engineer’s wall (photo: Kate Barley). 

Chief Engineer Damien McCallig keeping everything in order in the engine room (photo: Kate Barley)

ETO Dave Stewart looking for spares in the workshop (photo: Kate Barley)


Until next time…

Blog by Kate Barley

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