Nautilus From The Drone

Drone Footage of Nautilus

After Nautilus’ extensive exploration of The West Coast seaboard, she has returned to dry dock once again at Grand Peninsula shipyard in Ensenada, Mexico. Below you can see fantastic drone footage shot by one of our team members Paul showing just how much planning and labour is going into preparing her for the next big overhaul project.


 

Nautilus is getting a further 4 metre extension to her stern so as to improve operations of ROV mission launches and retrievals. In addition to this, their will be new VIP accommodation on the foredeck installed to extend Nautilus’ renowned hospitality further. This will improve our accommodation capacity for world renowned scientists, investors and celebrity guest that will surely come aboard.

US EEZ Mapping

US EEZ Mapping

Wrapping up Nautilus’ calendar year is a straightforward seafloor mapping of the US exclusive economic zone aiming to fill in coverage gaps from all the research ever done in the Southern California sea board.

More than 80% of the worlds seafloor is unmapped so its always part of Nautilus’ job to contribute as much as it can to the massive underwater cartography.  Our ocean is vast and still a mystery to us and with Nautilus’ high tech mapping systems in tow at least future scientists and venturers will have a better glimpse of what spots of the seafloor are most vital for research and discovery.

Southern California Borderland

Southern California Borderland

Coming into November, Nautilus will continue an interdisciplinary expedition on California’s benthic communities for its biodiversity, mineral composition and biopharmaceutical potential. Key research and findings are expected to be the minerals phosphite and iron-manganese which have many uses in industry and have become increasingly rare. All invertebrates, microbes and the substrates on which they grow are of huge interest. As to whether they can be sustainably exploited or left alone is always a factor being determined by every study Nautilus has partaken in this marine area.

Channel Islands and Santa Lucia Bank

Channel Islands and Santa Lucia Bank

At the tail end of October Nautilus is continuing off the back of a previous collaboration with the US West Coast Deep Sea Coral Initiative and EXPRESS. As this is one of the shallower expeditions of Nautilus’ 2020 calendar, this 11 day expedition will allow for more extensive mapping and data analysis because of Nautilus’ continuously high tech and upgraded. Again the initiative is to scale and summarise which areas of this archipelago that were not thoroughly explored in previous expeditions to maintain protection of vital marine biology studies.

Central California Exploration

Central California Exploration

Kicking off October, Nautilus will be further south of the Pacific Coast in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, again a vital eco system partially under threat from a January 2020 policy allowing bottom trawling for regional and local fisheries. The aim of this expedition is to create an informed study on which areas contain the most vulnerable sectors of coral and sea life. A key location of interest is a well known octopus nursery along the Davidson Seamount; nicknamed ‘The Oasis of The Deep’ it is the high peak area of a dormant volcano serving as a shallower area for sea life to thrive in otherwise vastly deeper waters.

Here’s a link to footage Nautilus captured of the octopus sanctuary back in 2018.

Olympic Coast Exploration

Olympic Coast Exploration

With Wiring The Abyss a success, through the end of September Nautilus will be in partnership with The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary mapping various deep canyon flora and fauna off the coast of Washington State. It is an enormous opportunity to be able to navigate a uniquely untouched environment as this. The waters of this area is reserved only to the Native American tribe of The Quinault Indian Nation who have fished there for generations.
Not only will the scientists and Nautilus be able to operate in a more sustainable ocean habitat but they will also return to investigate a meteor fall that happened there back in 2018. More samples of this meteorite will likely be taken and sent to NASA and OCNMS, the collaborators of that previous voyage.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

It’s been an unprecedented year so far in relation to COVID-19 and its effects, not only upon our principal crew and staff but the wider shipping industry as a whole. At this time, It’s Maritime Managements utmost obligation to ensure our crews safety as well as the additional rotation of scientists and technicians that come aboard. Luckily, some planned expeditions steadily continue under this new normal and we are proud to say that the adjustment has been smooth despite the taxing socially distant preparations. We have reduced our crews to essential workers only, ensuring the safe passage of newcomers aboard as well any circumstances wherein a crew member can return home to loved ones.The guidance and guidelines laid out in this post are based on a variety of sources including current recommendations from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and University National Oceanography Laboratory System (UNOLS). These are in immediate effect on board the Nautilus while Lana Rose is in warm layup in Alabama awaiting orders.

 

  • Staff are strictly advised to maintain as much distance as possible.
  • Masks are compulsory where necessary while also recognising that in some cases they may not be suitable for visibility purposes ie deck operations or thorough engine inspections.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures and sanitation have been introduced.
  • Although some outreach or educational expeditions are set to continue, under the present crewing guidelines, most will be facilitated ashore to prevent overcrowding.
  • Telepresence measures will be prioritised.
  • Any expeditions planned will have at most a 2 day transit distance from ports nearby.
  • Quarantine measures are put in place. Members leaving and joining will be instructed to self isolate for 14 days.
  • No one will be allowed off or onboard if they’ve either contracted the virus or display related symptoms.
  • No personal, public or press tours will be allowed.
  • On a daily basis, individuals will be monitored and screened with questionnaires and temperature checks.
  • Meal times will be scattered to maintain distancing.
Please stay tuned for the likely further developments and guidelines.

Nautilus gets New Main Engine

Nautilus

This off season, 2019/2020 the crew and engineers on the Nautilus achieved the successful installation of new ABC 8DZC main  engine in Gran Peninsular Shipyard, Ensenada, Mexico, despite the enormous challenges of Covid 19 restrictions.

All now working well and performing excellently during sea trial and shake down cruise. More details to follow…..

Wiring The Abyss

Wiring The Abyss

Despite the challenging effects of COVID 19, Nautilus has continued to operate its surprisingly busy calendar of projects. Through 28 Aug-Sep 2 after completing our new engine sea trials and commissioning  Nautilus has been mapping  around some key areas along the West Coast of North America. This was not just preparation for future dive exploration but a chance to closely examine natural resources and fisheries to better the scope of The U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

 

We are happy to announce that the current project we are involved with Nautilus in is Wiring The Abyss with Ocean Networks Canada. Mobilisation was last week in Sidney, near Victoria BC This project will be continuing until  the 17th of September.In cooperation with the University of Victoria’s NEPTUNE observatory, a long time partner with Nautilus and Ocean Exploration Trust, we are helping facilitate an 800km fiber optic cable loop connected with instruments at several nodes that accurately measure and upgrade NEPTUNE’s observatory sensors and mapping. This will help to gather real time data on the scientific research needed to make marine interests and education more prevalent to Canadian communities, governments and industry at large.