Diesel Reloaded

Sunday, 4th October 2015 – The day for refueling the JR arrived. The JR has been chilling by the Port of Darwin and it is time for her to sail towards the refueling dock located 5km away.

JR docked by the Port of Darwin

JR docked by the Port of Darwin

The crew of course had to retract the mooring lines at the bow and stern as well as the anchors. A few intrepid and inquisitive scientists who decided not to return into the city again headed towards the bridge to watch the crew prepare the JR for sail.

The crew retracting mooring lines and anchors

The crew retracting mooring lines and anchors

On the bridge is where the other Internet ‘snow globe’ satellite is located. The JR required 2 tugboats to gently nudge her off the port until the main engines are able to propel her towards the refueling port. She takes approximately 22 to 24 hours to refuel.

Intrepid scientists with one of the tugboats and a million microwave satellite antennae

Intrepid scientists with one of the tugboats and a million microwave radiating satellite antennae

As she sets sail towards the refueling port, I waved my final goodbyes to Darwin and landmass. We are expected to leave for the Maldives at 06:00 tomorrow.

Bye Darwin and bye landmass

Bye Darwin and bye landmass

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