Ship’s log on MIRAI (December 30, 2021)

MUELLER Astrid特別研究員が参加した海洋地球研究船「みらい」の観測航海中のブログをご紹介します。

A small addendum to the last year (30.12.2021)

Unexpected, visitors crowed Miyazaki-san’s and my room at the 2nd deck on Thursday, around 8 pm JST. What happened? I was sitting on the sofa, practicing a bit Ukulele when suddenly a strong wave hit the ship noisily. It was one of the stormy nights, therefore, the loud noises of the waves against the ship weren’t unusual. However, a continuous water dripping sound made me nervous. Searching around, I found water coming out of the ceiling. Wahh, is it seawater?! A crack in the ship? Looking for somebody, I found Kitamura-san, Matsumoto-san and Nagano-san. Soon after reaching my place, water started dripping from another point of the ceiling, too. “It’s not seawater” they said relaxed. But what else is the source? Hopefully it’s not toilet water?! Only seconds later, seven or eight members of the crew arrived. On their search for the water source, they unscrewed the lamps, climbed half into the ceiling, while others kept studying an ancient looking map of the water drainage/supply system of the ship. Shortly after, I heard something like “It’s a displaced freshwater pipe…” from one of the guys whose upper body had disappeared in the ceiling.
Amazing, the crew can find and repair everything within no time, even under these bad sea conditions. Thanks a lot!

Drip-drip-drip …the water starts dripping from the ceiling.
Drip-drip-drip …the water starts dripping from the ceiling.
Hard teamwork! The room suddenly seems so small.
Hard teamwork! The room suddenly seems so small.
Only for experts: where does the water come from?
Only for experts: where does the water come from?
Art-like preliminary fix of the lamp.
Art-like preliminary fix of the lamp.
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