Transit Expedition in the East Atlantic

Occupying the SAMBA line – Full Hydrography and Mooring turnaround.

This is a mooring redeployment cruise along the SAMOC/SAMBA line (34.5ºS from Cape Town to Greenwich Meridian). In addition, CPIES will be redeployed as part of the IRD/NOAA involvement in SAMOC during this voyage. The cruise will also allow for full hydrography stations at each Mooring and CPIES station i.e. full depth CTD stations as well as Bongo net trawls.

Transit expedition to collect hydroacoustic data: Port Stanley – Las Palmas – Bremerhaven.

Cruise report online at:

PS116 is the first leg of the Antarctic season 2018/19. Polarstern will leave its port of registry, Bremerhaven, on 10 November 2018 and arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11 December 2018. An intermediate port call will take place on 18 November 2018 in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Here, the majority of the scientific crew will leave the ship. In addition, six more colleagues will join the cruise. Polarstern will remain at the port of Las Palmas for three days in order to carry out 3D photo and Laser imaging of the ship’s interior. Ship time will be allocated for calibration of the echosounding systems by means of a sound velocity profiler and deployment of the underway-CTD (section Bremerhaven – Las Palmas). After leaving Las Palmas, a combined launch and recovery system (LARS) and depressor system will be tested. Furthermore, five floats will be deployed on the journey to Cape Town. Scientific activities during PS116 cwill omprise three different field of activities: training of early career scientists at the echosounding system of Polarstern (Leg Bremerhaven – Las Palmas), scientific en-route measurements and sampling, and activities and maintenance of logistics and IT department.

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