Behind the scenes
Keeping the ship in top shape
At least one engineer is on duty around the clock whenever the research vessel Western Flyer is underway, ready to spring into action if an alarm sounds or any equipment malfunctions. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Matt Noyes, the engineering crew is responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of all mechanical systems onboard, from the ship’s engines to the winches and cranes, and even the plumbing system. Here, First Engineer Lance Wardle works on a hydraulic pump motor for the crane that is used for the launch and recovery of remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts.