Pos: 72°3.21 S, 117°2.64 W
Sea: 1 m
Wind: N 12 m/s
After working for way too many hours in a row our first mooring operation was finished last night. We successfully retrieved our S2 mooring, which has been active for two years since last service. There was some minor drama, but all worked out good in the end.
We had partial ice cover and the ADCP buoy got stuck in some ice, but was freed using the Zodiac. During this procedure we were observed by a lone Emperor penguin close by. But the biggest stress was the fact we did not get any response from one of the releasers, which recieves our signal to release the rig from the bottom weight. This is why you have two releasers, and not just one, and luckily the second one responded. Having both releasers failing may be the worst thing imaginable (except of course for bodily harm), all gear and data forever lost on the bottom of the ocean. Our tech wizard Johan has worked on the releaser today and it seems to be in working order now.
The lonesome Emperor Penguin