Check out the photos of the main lounge, which is looking rather fabulous!
The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) recently held its annual conference in Hobart, from 12-14 February and the Director of the Marine National Facility, Ron Plaschke, was invited to address their icebreaker event, held at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories.
It was a great opportunity to talk about Investigator and the new capabilities the ship offers the Australian marine science community.
And, we took the opportunity to give away a LEGO® Investigator.
Check out the photos from the event.
Let’s get a bit of perspective on the gondola and the bow thruster onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, to give you an idea of the size of the ship.
Do you remember this very noisy little video of the bow thruster being tested?
Then the bow thruster was delivered and installed deep within the bow of Investigator.
Next, do you remember when Investigator’s gondola was turned?
There’s a little red circle so you focus on that section of the gondola, and now have a look at these images from the skidding of Investigator.
And, finally check out this photo of some the CSIRO Site Team in Singapore, standing right in front of the gondola and the bow thruster!
Do you remember last week we took delivery of the coring container, at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart?
Well, I bet you’re dying to know what’s inside? I was.
Here’s a potted history of the manufacture, testing and delivery of the coring system that will be onboard RV Investigator.
RV Investigator’s fabulous new multi-corer of course!
The Group 2 equipment recently arrived at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart.
Scientists onboard Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator,will use the multi-corer to collect samples of mud and the small animals living within the first 50 centimetres of the sea bed.
Dr Lindsay Pender and Samantha Bouhricha, from the Future Research Vessel Project, were on hand to open and inspect the package.
RV Investigator’s first shipping container has arrived at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Laboratories in Hobart. It’s a workshop and storage facility for Investigator’s coring system.
The design on all the shipping containers matches the livery (design and paint work) on the ship.
This will help our shipping containers stand out, and make it easier to find them, when they’re shipped to big port facilities in cities around Australia.
What is your current role?
I look after the science teams that carry out research on Australia’s Marine National Facility (MNF) research vessel. Until late 2013 this was Southern Surveyor but it will soon be replaced by our new research vessel, Investigator. I work with the scientists who apply for sea time onboard the ship during the applications process, then once the Science Advisory Committee and the Marine National Facility Steering Committee have ranked the applications against the assessment criteria set by the Minister, my team and I prepare the annual schedule of research voyages. The planning process for each voyage starts about two years before the scientists go to sea.
Why does this work appeal to you?
Every day is different, every voyage is different, every port is different and every challenge is different. I work with some of the best marine scientists in the world, and help them to successfully and safely plan and carry out their research at sea. I travel to ports around Australia and in the Pacific, to mobilise the ship for voyages, and about once a year I join a voyage. I work in a great team of people who all enjoy their work as much as I do, and I have a pretty amazing office with a view over the wharf and harbour in Hobart.
What is the most memorable moment or achievement you have had at Marine National Facility?
On the back deck of Southern Surveyor, at 50 degrees South, at sunset; it was so calm and the sea so glassy, that every albatross was perfectly reflected on the golden surface. When it got dark even the stars were clearly reflected.
Who in the Marine National Facility, past or present, has inspired you and why?
Professor Richard Arculus who is a volcanologist from the Australian National University (ANU) has been a frequent user of the MNF vessels over the years, and he has also been part of in the MNF Steering Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee. Richard is always really enthusiastic about his work. He is an amazing communicator and very generous with his time in explaining what they are doing and why it is important – when talking to different groups he can change gear seamlessly depending on his audience to make sure everyone understands. He is also a very knowledgeable rugby fan, which I’m a bit partial to.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up – are you doing it now?
A fisherman. And, as for doing it now, only on weekends, sometimes.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Fishing! I also like travelling, cooking and enjoy a good meal and I like to source fresh, local and seasonal produce.
What do you like most about working at the Marine National Facility?
The people, the ships, the sea, the science and the variety of work I’m able to do.
What one word would you use to describe the Marine National Facility?
Facilitating great science (there are three kinds of people in this world: those that can count and those that can’t).
Marine scientists use a variety of equipment to collect all sorts of samples from our oceans.
Smaller pieces of equipment, like plankton nets, or equipment that’s able to take samples from the surface of the ocean floor, only need a small winch for deployment and retrieval.
This vertical sediment winch, located below the back deck of RV Investigator, will be used to do this work.
The 24 bottle CTD rosette has been delivered to the CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart as part of the Group 2 equipment for RV Investigator.
A carbon dioxide monitor has been purchased as part of the Group 2 scientific equipment for RV Investigator.
Did you know the ocean absorbs about 25 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere?
Oceanographers will use the equipment onboard Investigator, to work out how much carbon dioxide is being removed from the atmosphere by the oceans and seas around Australia.
All of this data will contribute to an international effort to track the flow of carbon dioxide into the ocean.
The equipment has been delivered, unpacked by Matt Sherlock and Craig Neill from the CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart and is being tested, before installation onboard RV Investigator.
Group 2 equipment for RV Investigator keeps rolling into the CSIRO Laboratories in Hobart, both big and small, including these new scales.
The Underway Seawater Laboratory is on the main deck level, just down the corridor from the CTD Laboratory and across the hallway from the General Purpose Wet Laboratory (Clean).
Check out the photos!
Conditions can get pretty rough in the Southern Ocean, or steamy in the tropics, and this can make working on the back deck of a research vessel challenging.
But, Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, has this covered… literally!
Adjacent to the back deck of the ship, is the sheltered science area, to help scientists stay out of the elements while they’re working.
Check out the images!
The Marine National Facility Steering Committee puts out a regular communiqué to let you know who’s who and what’s what.
To get the low down, you should check out the latest communiqué, which is packed full of news http://www.marine.csiro.au/nationalfacility/news/steering-committee-no73.htm
In it you’ll find the latest news on the MNF Steering Committee’s announcement about its sub-committee, the Science Advisory Committee (or MNF SAC).
The MNF SAC is saying farewell to some wonderful stalwarts of marine science, Professor Iain Suthers from the University of New South Wales and Dr Diana Greenslade from the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, who are moving on to focus on other priorities.
A big thank you to Iain and Diana who have put in years of hard work with the MNF SAC.
And, we are welcoming three new members!
Professor Philip Boyd is a biological scientist at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Philip is a highly regarded scientist who brings a unique multidisciplinary perspective, with a track record of close collaborations with marine biogeochemists and physical oceanographers. He’s also a seasoned campaigner and voyage leader!
Dr Alain Protat is a Principal Research Scientist at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. RV Investigator is packed full of atmospheric equipment, and we’re expecting an increase in the number of applications for atmospheric research, and so we’ll be leaning on Alain for his vital and robust advice.
Dr Peter Doherty – is a former Research Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is now an AIMS Fellow, a Science Adviser to the CEO of AIMS, a member of the Australian Government’s Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group (OPSAG), he has a long history of working with CSIRO, heads up the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystems Hub, and is the Chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee. Phew, that was a lot to get through!
So why are we saying farewell to two members and welcoming three?
Well, at a recent Marine National Facility Steering Committee meeting, it was agreed to increase the membership and bring on board an additional member to strengthen the assessment of national benefit. This position is now held by Peter.
The new look MNF SAC met in Hobart recently, to assess the 2015-16 applications for sea time onboard RV Investigator.
One of the very busy centres onboard RV Investigator will be the hydrochemistry laboratory.
Check out the latest photos!