Tuesday 5 February 2008 à 14:12

Moments of anguish!

Philippe Koubbi. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

(Excerpt from the log of Jean-Henri Hecq)
09h30. We are approaching the DDU base. There is excitement on board! They have unrolled the red carpet at the entrance to ship. The cadets come ask us how to pronounce "bonjour," "bienvenue á bord," "bonjour mademoiselle," "enchanté de vous recevoir" in order to greet the French on the Umitaka Maru. We sail at 2 knots in the icebergs. The maneuver is dangerous with the stormy sea, violent wind and snow and visibility of scarcely 200m.

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Tuesday 5 February 2008 à 14:06

On land!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

We are delighted to be able to get off the ship for a few hours at the Dumont D'Urville (DDU) base. We are taking advantage of a stop to calibrate an experimental echosounder.

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Tuesday 5 February 2008 à 13:54

Data for the Umitaka Maru

Graham Hosie (CEAMARC Leader) and Takashi Ishimaru (Voyage Leader)

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : -66° 39.0 S
- Longitude : 139° 59.3 E
At anchor one mile north of Dumont d`Urville
Heading : at Anchor
Current speed : at Anchor (knots)

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