In November 2015 we've set sail again on board RV Maria S Merian to service one of our dust-collecting buoys.

On this blog, we'll keep you updated on our adventures at sea. Please drop us a note (  if you have any questions!?


Link to the Sailwx website (ship's actual position).

26 November: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


25 November: Wildlife

A turtle approached the ship


24 November: What’s the weather gonna be?




23 November: A Rare Sight


Image credit: Lorand



22 November: Floating traps

Image credit: Gerard & Karin



Image credit: Gerard & Karin



Image credit: Gerard & Karin



21 November: Dust collection on the ship’s roof

Image credit: Lorand



Image credit: Lorand





20 November: Dusty skies



19 November: Deep-sea mud





18 November: Working day and night




17 November: Pump it up!

Image credit: Lorand









16 November: Re-deployment of buoy Carmen



Image credit: Lorand



Image credit: Lorand



Image credit: Lorand




16 November: Fishing

Image credit: Lorand





15 November: Recovering buoy Carmen



Image credits: Karin





14 November: Opening Cores




13 November: leaving the harbour of Mindelo




10 November: fishing for small creatures


9 November: more deep-sea sediments


8 November: core on deck!


6 November: the Atlantic ocean here is deeeeeep


6 November: coring the Madeira Abyssal Plane


4 November: CTD watch


2 November: Off they go! Catarina and Carmen on board the Merian.


17 September: Packing up


14 September: Cruise preparations


On 12 November 2015 a small team from NIOZ will fly to Mindelo, which is the capital of Sao Vicente, which is one of the Cape-Verde Islands. In the mean time, the ship has sailed from the Azores, where it left on 2 November, with a large team of international colleagues from MARUM-Bremen. During these two weeks they have already carried out a comprehensive sampling schedule, taking predominantly water samples as well as sediment cores.

From Mindelo, we'll set sail towards Cape Blanc, Mauritania, where buoy Carmen has been collecting dust since August 2013. We will service the buoy, collect a hopefully nice set of data and dust filters, and re-deploy it for another half year. In April 2016 we will again visit buoy Carmen during cruise  JC134. After another intense sampling program off Cape Blanc we will sail towards Gran Canaria, from where we'll fly home again.

Below you can see the planned cruise track: