are women and men responsible for safely operating the research vessel.
They are trained in ship handling, navigation, weather observation,
safety, and shipboard emergencies. The Captain, or Commanding Officer
(CO) is in command of the ship. The Executive Officer (XO) handles the
administrative functions of the ship, hires and/or dismisses employees,
supervises all department heads (with the exception of the Chief Marine
Engineer), and acts as the ships safety officer. The Field Operations
Officer (FOO) handles logistics with scientific parties, making sure
scientific activities can be performed aboard the ship and that all
science equipment is onboard. The Navigation Officer (NAV) is in charge
of navigation equipment, nautical charts and publications, meteorological
data, and maintaining the overall condition of the bridge. The Medical
Officer is responsible for the general health of everyone on the ship.
All the NOAA Corps officers stand watches on the bridge.
The deck department
operates the many cranes and winches which load everything required
for a cruise, from food stores to scientific gear. They are responsible
for the rigging and deployment of scientific equipment such as surface
and subsurface moorings. They operate and man the work and rescue boats.
are responsible for the highest light on the main mast to the lowest
pump in the bilge, and everything mechanical in between. In short, they
keep the ship running smoothly.
The ship's Electronics
Department is staffed by rotating Electronics Technicians (ET's) from
the Marine Operation Center's, Mission Support Division (MOP3). There
is one ET aboard during each cruise. They are responsible for all electronic
equipment, including navigation systems, network system, and communications
The chief survey
technician is responsible for:
- Operation and
maintenance of the NOAA fleet-standard Scientific Computing System
- Operation and
maintenance of the suite of permanently installed meteorological
and oceanographic sensors.
of custom logging files of individual ship's sensor sets to support
- Provision of
full and custom data sets to scientific complement at conclusion
of files on ship's sensor calibration records.
- Routine ship's
sensor maintenance tasks.
- Training and
assistance on operation of ship's upper-sir sounding system, autosals,
CTD system, Seabeam, Bathy2000, shipboard computer network and other
specialized shipboard systems.
for daily real-time update
cook three delicious meals each day, starting with eggs-to-order at
breakfast and ending with anything from Thai curry chicken to prime
rib and baked potato. They also maintain the ship's laundry and make
sure everyone gets clean sheets and towels.
*indicates personnel not presently onboard the Ka'imimoana (on leave