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September 7, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

BY: Maribel Lopez


© OCEANA / Carlos Suárez


Gulfport: the Latitude looks like an anthill. There’s a crane working on deck unloading part of the material that was used during the last phase of the campaign; anchors, compressors, chains, ropes, buoys…

Part of the Oceana crew is also packing their bags because we need to make room for the new occupants that will be arriving shortly.

The frenetic activity is only affected by the heat. It’s so hot and humid that the workers have to stop and drink water to avoid dehydration.

We divide ourselves into groups to go into town and buy some things we need. The ROV is being installed: there are cables, screens and boxes all over the room. We have to connect it and verify that everything is working correctly.

Nightfall approaches but the work on deck continues. When it’s almost too dark to see, we pack up and leave the rest for tomorrow.