Volendam deployed weather buoys for the New Zealand Meteorological Service February 23. The first buoy was launched at 153 degrees and the second one near 155 degrees east, so 120 miles apart or approximately 6 hours steaming.
Cadet Lars removing the plastic and doing the last minute transmission check/test on the weather bouys.
The buoys have a serial number on them, and we write down the serial number and the coordinates where we launch that specific buoy. We take the plastic wrapping off the carton and the paper will dissolve, the bottom part is a big drogue — or sea anchor — which makes sure the buoy goes mainly on the current and not too much on the wind.
Cadet Stevens Melchior and Second Officer Harry Hobma doing the “1, 2, 3 in God’s Name” toss from the pilot break.
Every 90 seconds the buoys transmit a signal from the transmitter signal and the beeper will give a sound. We check until the very last moment if the buoy is still active before we launch it, less the buoy gets returned as a “dud”. (Actually they both work very well because I can hear them transmit based on the noise my computer makes every so many seconds. It interferes like a UHF radio.)
Topics: Australia/New Zealand, Captain's Log, ms Volendam, News
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