About Wiring the Abyss 

Wiring the Abyss 2014 brings you highlights from research and maintenance operations on the year’s major expeditions to our VENUS and NEPTUNE ocean observatories in the coastal waters of southern British Columbia.


Sample area / area of operation

1.   Strait of Georgia
2.   Saanich Inlet

Ship & ROV

1.   CCGS John P. Tully
2.   Canpac Divers ROV Oceanic Explorer

Cruise objectives

  1. Saanich Inlet Operations
    1. Recover, service and redeploy instrument platform (depth 95 m)
    2. Recover digital camera frame (depth 104 m)
  2. Strait of Georgia Operations
    1. Recover forensics platform from Central Node location (depth 300 m), service and redeploy at East Node location (depth 170 m)
    2. Recover, service and redeploy Eastern Strait of Georgia instrument platform (depth 170 m)
    3. Recover, service, attach Sequoia LISST 1339 instrument, and redeploy Delta Dynamics platform at the Fraser Delta location (depth 110 m)
    4. Redeploy SLIP experiment (depth 140 m)
    5. Redeploy Bottom Boundary Layer platform at the Fraser Delta location (depth 110 m)
    6. Deploy Ocean Innovation Centre systems in central, eastern and delta locations.

Crew Changes

There is a scheduled exchange of scientific personnel from/to the jetty in Steveston, BC on 7 March.

Data Interruptions Likely

During the expeditions, intermittent instrument outages and data gaps will occur as we recover and service instrumentation. Data services on the VENUS and Oceans 2.0 websites may also be delayed by ongoing operations at sea.

CCGS John P. Tully

The CCGS John P. Tully is a Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel named in honour of John Patrick Tully (1906 – 1987). Tully was an oceanographer whose work in physical, chemical and biological oceanography heavily influenced the growth of oceanographic research on the West Coast of Canada. Tully was honoured with various awards, including the Order of Merit and the Commemorative Medal of Albert I of Monaco.