VENTuRE Cruise – Update No.1

The ROV 'Holland 1' being tested off Galway

Hey, my name’s Aaron Lim. I’m a 4th year Earth Science student at UCC. This summer I am lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to take part in the VENTuRE Cruise Survey assisting in the examination of Chemosynthetic ecosystems associated with Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

This amazing opportunity allows me to work alongside some of the world’s leading scientists from a range of disciplines. This includes Dr. Andy Wheeler (University College Cork), Dr. Bram Murton and Dr. John Copely (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton), a once in a lifetime opportunity for an undergrad anywhere in the world. This is just one of the perks of studying at the School of BEES, UCC.

Let me update you on today’s events: despite a later-than-expected start to the cruise, spirits were high this morning at 5am, as the RV Celtic Explorer set sail from Galway. There’s a great atmosphere on board as the scientific party chat, crack jokes, and… play monopoly. The dull Irish weather doesn’t seem to be dampening the mood, and a trip to the Gym on board the ship definitely left me feeling refreshed. Later on, Lou and Jimmy, the Chefs, cooked up one hell of a meal that everyone enjoyed. What’s not to be loved about fish and chips???

As it approached 6pm this evening, just off the coast of Galway, the ROV was tested in the cold Irish waters to check that all of its functions were in order before we head off any further towards 45°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

I’m currently chilling out in my cabin, enjoying a nice mug of coffee. Some bad weather is to be expected throughout the night, but I can’t complain.  After all, this is a once-in-a-time opportunity!!

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More updates soon,


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