Friday, January 16, 2009
Today at 11:00am local time, the buoy installation at Enrique Reef, La Parguera Marine Preserve, was finished. The team included Dwight Gledhill (NESDIS/Coral Reef Watch), Noah Lawrence-Slavas (NOAA/PMEL), Jules Craynock (NOAA/AOML), Lecia Salerno (AOML) and Jim Hendee (AOML). In La Parguera, Francisco Pagan, Milton Carlo, and the crew of the Pezmar assisted.
Photograph shows Jules Craynock in the water helping to guide the buoy into position, while Milton Carlo of the University of Puerto Rico's Magueyes Laboratory looks on. Photo by Jim Hendee.
Video by NOAA/AOML Scientific Diver Jim Hendee.
Video by Jim Hendee.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
NOAA/PMEL engineer (designer of the buoy) Noah Lawrence-Slavas, makes ready shackles for lifting the second 1,800 pound railroad wheel assembly from the loading dock into the sea where it will be attached to the salvage and float bags, tied to the UPR ship Pezmar, and eventually towed to its final resting spot where it will serve as the second of two wheel-anchors for the buoy.
Photo by Jim Hendee.
The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) ship Pezmar gets a start at sunrise as it takes off from the dock, towing the salvage and pillow bags that are keeping the second railroad wheel assembly suspended in the water, to the site where the wheel-assembly will be dropped.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Dr. Francisco Pagan, oceanographer with the UPR Department of Marine Science Laboratory at Magueyes Island, coordinates by cell phone the arrival of the hydrocrane for lifting the buoy from the dock into the sea, while the ferry for visitors to and from the Island navigates the channel in the background.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, August 1, 2008
On Tuesday, July 29th, Chris Langdon and Derek Manzello identified a spot near Enrique Island for the MAP-CO2 Buoy. The next day, Dwight Gledhill determined the best spot at:
17 deg 57.224 N
67 deg 03.066 W
Jules Craynock and Jim Hendee joined them to take measurements and inspect the site for proper location of anchors for the buoy. Leg A (deep side) is 120 degrees and 14 meters in length from the center point (lat/long, above), with an endpoint at 37 feet depth, in sand; while Leg B (shallow side) is 300 degrees from center point, 18 meters in length, with an endpoint at 16 feet depth, also in sand.
A possible alternate site was chosen near the ICON/CREWS station (see blog entry immediately preceeding).
Shown in picture are Jules Craynock (left) and Jim Hendee. Photo (click to enlarge) by Derek Manzello.
During maintenance procedures at the ICON/CREWS station, a possible alternate site was found nearby at,
67° 3'4.42" W
Derek Manzello has some photos and assessment of the biota in the area. The island shown is Media Luna.
See accompanying image for relation to CREWS station (top of picture is North). Image by Google Earth (click to enlarge).