Safety and Logistics in the Central Arctic

At fixed stations, like Ocean City, Met City or ROV City, we never stand outside for more than three hours at a time, because it becomes very tiring to stare into the grey-white monotony for a long time. In foggy conditions, which can be 90 percent of the time (in the summer months), it is another challenge, because the time to react is shorter. 

During the bridge watch, we coordinate the teams on the ice and are always available through VHF radio. We act as the main communication center. We always know who and how many of us have left the ship at any given time. Each team has to check out and  register with the bridge guard when leaving the gangway and returning to the ship. Since the bridge is the highest point of the ship, we have a good overview of the teams from up there (as long as it is not too foggy). We are supported by additional available scientists who act as "bridge lookout," helping us look for polar bears.

Seeing a polar bear mama and her cub was a beautiful experience, and thanks to the planning and preparation of the entire logisitics and safety team, everyone remained safe.