My name is Céline Heuzé and I will soon work for the University of Gothenburg. A month before my contract starts, I have been invited to the university to prepare for the expedition I will join this summer: a research cruise to Petermann fjord, at the very north of Greenland. There is little time available for preparation. Three days to list what we need and where the equipment has been stored since it was last used (by whom?). Three days to find it, get it, check it and pack it. Now these three days are over, and needless to say, these were three intense days.
It is the first time I am involved with preparing a cruise. Hence I must admit that on Tuesday evening (before these three days had started), I had freaked out. I had just had my first encounter with the storage areas. A lot of dust, heavy boxes whose labels only indicate what they used to contain, and not a clear idea of what I was looking for. Luckily, people here are nice and very helpful – or too polite to tell me to leave them to work. I soon had four more pairs of eyes joining in the sensor chase, and by Thursday afternoon, despite some miscommunication, the general chaos had already gotten ordered! All that was left to do was to pack everything properly, carve the foam to protect our equipment, print some new labels for the boxes, and move everything to the loading bay. And tadaaaa… our neat pile is now ready:
On Monday, these boxes and I are travelling to Landskrona to discover our summer residence: the Swedish ice-breaker Oden. And as to why we care about Petermann fjord, that will be the topic of another post, coming soon!