Monday 18 February 2008 à 13:40

The log ends but the adventure continues!

Nadia Améziane

Nearly everyone on the missions has returned. Still this site will not stop.

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Sunday 17 February 2008 à 13:36

Arrived in safe harbor!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

Land is in sight! The pilot boards the ship at 8 o’clock. We arrive on time, such punctuality! We are happy. At last, we can telephone our families after so long an absence.

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Saturday 16 February 2008 à 13:35

Last hours at sea!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

We are all very excited today! Tension rules the ship. We should arrive in Hobart tomorrow morning at 8h.

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Saturday 16 February 2008 à 12:02

Data for the Umitaka Maru

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

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : - 46° 47.4 S
- Longitude : 147° 01.53 E
Heading : 006
Current speed : 15.6 knots

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Friday 15 February 2008 à 14:47

A veritable floating laboratory!

Philippe Koubbi. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

(written with Patrice Pruvost)
As you know from preceding dispatches, the Umitaka Maru is a veritable floating laboratory. At each station, all the scientists on board wait impatiently for the samples to get at the materiel needed for their research.

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Friday 15 February 2008 à 12:01

One last visit with the Umitaka Maru!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

We have good weather today. It is almost warm, with a temperature near 7°C. It is really nice to be able to open the portholes and let in fresh air. The end of the crossing will come soon.

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Thursday 14 February 2008 à 12:12

Watch out for swells!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

The day is calm. We are now well into the Southern Ocean. We are moving at 15 knots. Starting in the middle of the night, the sea was hitting us abeam. The waves hitting the side of the ship made us roll from one side to the other.

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Thursday 14 February 2008 à 10:59

Data for the Umitaka Maru

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

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : - 57° 13.7 S
- Longitude : 144° 54.6 E
Heading : 006
Current speed : 14 knots

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Wednesday 13 February 2008 à 12:08

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

The "Fish Team" of the Umitaka Maru wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day. We are delighted at the idea of soon being back with our families after six weeks of being so far away from them. Despite the superb places we have enjoyed during our campaigns, we remember that our families are taking care of daily life at home.

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Wednesday 13 February 2008 à 10:46

Data for the Umitaka Maru

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

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : - 62° 47.3 S
- Longitude : 143° 35.15 E
Heading : 006
Current speed : 15 knots

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Tuesday 12 February 2008 à 11:46

Data for the Umitaka Maru

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

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : - 65° 30.2 S
- Longitude : 143° 01.5 E
Heading : on station
Current speed : on station

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Tuesday 12 February 2008 à 11:10

Return to deep water!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

There is no doubt! This time we have crossed the hydrological front that separates the waters of the continental plateau from those of the open sea. Albatrosses fly around the ship. Some species among them nest on the subAntarctic islands.

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Monday 11 February 2008 à 15:43

Data for the Umitaka Maru

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

Position of the icebreaker :
- Latitude : - 66° 00.1 S
- Longitude :142° 57.3 E
Heading : on station
Current speed : on station

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Monday 11 February 2008 à 10:51

Last sunset in Antarctica!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

Today is our next-to-last day of work. Tomorrow we will resume the trip north. Today has been calm but really laborious.

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Sunday 10 February 2008 à 13:09

Cultural Exchange!

Patrice Pruvost. Correspondent aboard the Umitaka Maru

Today is Sunday. No fish, no larvae, no fish eggs for breakfast but two pieces of toast, cheese and bacon!

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