The Barkley Canyon TRF and science node have been loaded onto the Lodbrog as crews ready for several major installation tasks. While our first TRF deployed (in Middle Valley) was empty, due to lack of funding. The Barkley Canyon TRF contains a fully-functioning science node. This means the next deployment will be more complex, as diagnostic tests will be run from our shore station through the backbone cable to the node on the seafloor.
Repair/maintenance tasks for both the Lodbrog and ROPOS are nearly finished and both ships will depart Victoria soon. In the next few days, the node will be deployed. Then two 10km cable extensions will be laid and connected to the node. These extensions will carry power and communications from the node to the sites for our Vertical Profiler System and Wally, our benthic crawler.
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