Expedition 378, South Pacific Paleogene Climate, has been delayed due to an equipment problem. It is now planned to operate with the following new dates and ports, which are tentative:

Starts: late November in Fiji
Ends: 18 January 2019 in Punta Arenas, Chile

Background information from the JR Science Operator: "Inspection of the JR’s propellers during the current dry dock in the Philippines has revealed cracks in both the port and starboard propellers. The cracks are located near the hydraulic plugs on the propeller hubs and are significantly worse on the port one. The ship operator (ODL) explored multiple possibilities for repair – they flew in metallurgists to inspect the damage and advise on repair possibilities. The end result is that new propellers are required. These will take 8-10 weeks to be ready for installation.

We have worked with the ship operator to examine multiple schedule alternatives given the need to replace the propellers at this time. The new propellers are being made in China and the simplest plan is to put them on in a dry dock in Hong Kong. Allowing for possible slippage in delivery time, we expect to transit from Subic Bay to Hong Kong in late October/earliest November. We then plan to transit to Fiji to start a rescheduled Expedition 378 with a port call estimated on Nov 25-29. The scope of Expedition 378 will have to be reduced if we are to start Expedition 379 on January 18 (which is important for the Amundsen Sea weather window).

We know this is a major disruption for all involved, especially for the South Pacific Paleogene Climate Expedition (378) participants. Please know that the JRSO has explored all possible options, and this is the one that minimizes risk while preserving as much science as possible."