The plan is to follow a similar route than the 2015 transect. The weather forecast looks reasonably good for the next 10 days with localised high sea conditions expected for short periods of time. We are aiming to spend 24 hours in the Mid Atlantic Ridge ( MAR) from Saturday evening, taking bottom sampling, seafloor video footage and extending the coverage within the ridge to the conjugate mound that was mapped last year.
Image of the current passage plan (blue line)
After the MAR mapping, the ship will be heading to the M6 weather buoy mapping the deep seafloor. We will hopefully recover the M6 and run a seismic line across the Porcupine Bank.