The pacing item of the port call was the installation of a new Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) radio. Manufactured in Denmark, this system is mandated for installation on all ocean-going vessels by February 1999. The installation for the JOIDES Resolution was accelerated so the new system would be operational for the forthcoming high-latitude legs. The many benefits of the GMDSS include expanded coverage; continual reception of weather forecasting, navigation, and safety broadcasts; and quick/easy distress signal broadcasting of Global Positioning System (GPS) location coordinates.

Off-loaded goods included four 40' refrigerated containers containing core samples and four "scrap" core liner boxes. Because the off-going freight volume was low, the TAMU surface freight was consolidated with that of Ocean Drilling, Ltd. (ODL) in a single 40' container. Radioactive sources, lithium batteries, and a frozen shipment of samples were also off loaded for shipment to their respective destinations.

Hardware and equipment taken aboard during the port call included two boxes of core liners, two 40' containers of routine hardware and supplies, two reconditioned positioning beacons (S.N. 2025 and S.N. 2030), and three tilt beacons (S.N. 1039, S.N. 1040, and S.N. 1137) for use with the HRB, and two flats of ancillary HRB hardware. Bulk products loaded included 18 metric tons (MT) of Bentonite gel (delivered in P-trucks) and 78 MT of Sepiolite in 1.0 MT bags. Another 27 MT were stored in Cape Town for loading prior to Leg 177. In addition, the fuel tanks were topped off with 1800 MT of marine gas oil.

We conducted private VIP tours of the vessel on the first day of port call, followed by a reception for various dignitaries at the Capetonian Hotel. Public tours were conducted on the second day.

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