“A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.” -Thomas Carlyle

This week we continued to take screenshots in order to track boat traffic and help us to predict where we need to pick up RU27. The beginning of the week did not show much boat traffic and the boats were mostly within the shipping lanes at 10° West.

October 21, 2009 2:22 am EST

October 21, 2009 2:22 am EST

There was not much traffic off the coasts of Portugal and most of the ships seen at this time were inside the shipping lanes.

October 22, 2009 8:37 pm EST

October 22, 2009 8:37 pm EST

We saw an slight increase in the number of vessels this day but again most of the boats were inside the shipping lanes.

October 25, 2009 2:25 pm EST

October 25, 2009 2:25 pm EST

Sunday also appeared to be a somewhat calm day at sea like Wednesday with a small number of ships and only one boat outside the designated shipping lanes.

October 26,2009 4:54 pm EST

October 26,2009 4:54 pm EST

Monday's shots could be seen as a potential concern. The week had not shown too much traffic and most had been within the shipping lanes but today we saw a large increase in shipping activity all along the coast of both Spain and Portugal. Many of the ships seem to be traveling farther out than 10° W.

October 26,2009 7:54 pm EST

October 26,2009 7:54 pm EST

Just a few hours later and the number of ships has once again increased. This shot is of high concern because of the large number of vessels outside of the shipping lanes. Over the coming weeks we will continue to track the shipping traffic and hopefully we can make a final decision on where will be best to pick up RU27 in order to avoid a possible run in with boating traffic.

-Amelia, Leo, Shannon

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