Saturday 30th August, 2014
The day has finally come, the CUMECS-2 team are all arriving on the OGS Explora in the Port of Catania, Sicily, this afternoon. Team members from various countries (Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Belgium and UK) are making their way on to the vessel. All smiles and greets as all team members introduce themselves and made us feel welcome on the ship. After months of e-mail exchange, we finally get to meet face-to-face and curiously find out who we will be sharing a cabin with. Check out the video showing the trip made by some of the Maltese contingent from Malta to OGS Explora.
The OGS Explora is a 41 year-old vessel, well equipped with state-of-the-art geophysical equipment, which is necessary for this scientific expedition. The ship has a regular schedule of scientific trips across the globe; before this trip she was on a mission in the Black Sea.
As night falls, we decide to head out for dinner in the beautiful city of Catania. This will be our only time all together onshore before we start our mission, which will involve 4-hour work shifts throughout the day and night. Spoilt for choice, we indulge ourselves in delicious Sicilian food.
Matthew and Antoniette