After an anticipated departure of Thursday evening (August 9) we were unable to leave due to the rainy weather that kept us from loading our equipment.
There are three pieces of equipment that are crucial for deploying the scientific moorings- the A-frame, winch and capstan. All three pieces are welded on to the helo (helicopter) deck before departure. This is a very long process and can take around 10 hours.
The welders were not able to weld because of the inclement weather. When the welding is completed, the Captain must check the tides to determine when we can leave.
It will take two days to get to Arkhangelsk, Russia to clear customs and pick up the rest of the scientific teams from Germany.
We spent another night in Kirkenes but this time on the ship not at the hotel!