Hydrochanges Program: latest from the Gibraltar Strait
19 December 2008, CIESM News
The two Hydrochanges moorings set at Gibraltar since January 2003 were successfully recovered for the third time on October 29 onboard the Moroccan Royal Navy's vessel RaisAl Mounastiri, commanded by Captain Bengebara. Despite a rough sea, both moorings were easily released, caught and winched up, using a powerful dinghy serviced by skilled crew and diver (photographed below).
The moorings were redeployed on December 15 with the same ship and crew. Two newly calibrated CTDs were set in place of the recovered ones. The technical preparation and work onboard were conducted in very close cooperation with officers from the Royal Navy Hydrographic and Cartographic Division (DHC).