Incident Involving the RRS James Cook and ROV Isis

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The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, can confirm that there has been an incident involving the RRS James Cook in which the remotely operated vehicle ROV Isis came into contact with the ship’s port propeller.The accident occurred during ROV deployment at around 12.00 GMT approximately 09.00hrs Ship’s time on Wednesday 19 January 2011. Buoyancy debris from Isis was immediately sighted, but the ROV has been recovered and is now aboard the ship…According to the Preliminary Damage Report, there is minor damage to the ship’s port propeller and its condition continues to be monitored.The ship remains fully operational and there are no reports of any release of pollution. However, the ROV has suffered extensive damage and is inoperable.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.