A 24-hour per day work cycle, 12-hour shifts, immense pressure, stress and mechanical engine failures aboard ‘Polaris 1′, 2 & 3’ has left my ‘Polaris 4’ as the last man (dog) standing.
Me and my navigator Mark, reciprocal captain/mentor Olivier and our lucky ‘Alpha-Dog’ ‘Polaris 4’ are the sole geo-seismic cable vessel currently operating in the Arctic Circle.
Meanwhile, the ‘Alaganik’ – a different type of survey re-supply barge has been positioned offshore near the barrier islands with fresh supplies of ‘ammunition’ for us (seismic cables) so I don’t have to refuel as often saving time. This saves my 28-knot sprints back to ‘F-Pad’ ashore – which burns both valuable time to reload and refuel.
Thus, we’re into a steady rhythm that should see us deploy a new record number of cables this evening. Touch the scantily clad aluminum hull that our blistering pace and luck continues as we map the sea-floor and the thousands of feet below that with bathymetry and the acoustic devices in our ultra high-tech arsenal. This is the reason why CGG VERITAS remains the world’s leader in the field of geo-seismic survey operations!
PS: I’ve graduated with honors and am now fully confident driving a jet-boat as I enjoy flirting with her maneuverability and speed capabilities!