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Tracking our Camper Trucks on the Container Ship Tempanos: from Houston to Buenos Aires

Port of Suape, Brazil October 3rd.

All of those dots, how are they tracked? “Vessel traffic data, or Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, are collected by the U.S. Coast Guard through an onboard navigation safety device that transmits the location and characteristics of large vessels for tracking in real time.” https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/ais.html&ved=2ahUKEwjErb_I4MT6AhXDZTABHUuLAMAQFnoECAkQBQ&usg=AOvVaw3cK1TsB7Y3C9bCRUOSxe6t

All the routes show how densely traveled our oceans are.
Tempanos docked in Suape, October 3rd, right on schedule! Wonder which container is ours!?!?!
October 9th: The vessel is currently at port 
SANTOS, BR after a voyage of 3 days, 11 hours originating from port 

Closer to the port at Sai Paulo, Brazil
Tempanos docked in the Estuario de Santos, October 9th.
Here is the super close up look of Tempanos with the containers offloading and onloading in Santos, Brazil. If anyone knows the words for what we are seeing, I’d love to know them!
Tempanos has arrived in Buenos Aires Argentina! Trucks are in Buenos Aires, 13, October in the evening.
The container will be taken off the ship here.
We will book a stay close to port to be able to respond as customs questions arise. We don’t get to BA until 19, October.
After securing the trucks after October 19th and doing a make ready stay of some days in the BA area, we will take the ferry to Uruguay with the goal of two Workaway stays with families there. We fly to BA October 19th to start this process.
This is a close up of Tempanos in port. I’m interested to see if we are able to track our Container once it is moved off ship.

Track our Container Ship!

Notice Hurricane 🌀 forming near Cuba far from our little ship which left Cartegena, Columbia within the last 24 hours.

Track our ship by going to http://vesselfinder.com/ and searching for “Tempanos” in the ship search field. You will be able to track our ship all the way the Buenos Aires, Argentina! Currently, scheduled to arrive October 14th, 2022. Flying under the flag of Liberia.

The trucks we will use for our trip are on the ship named Tempanos

Weather Balloon Launch Houston, Texas

While waiting for shipping documents, we were invited by Kate Thompson to watch a weather balloon launch which is part of the ARM research project site in the Houston area.

The Scientific Site is moving in October out to La Jolla. CA for the next campaign. The sites move to areas of needed data collection.

This Houston (La Porte, Guy and Pearland) site is called TRACER and you can learn more about it here.


We parked away from the site to prevent our gas fumes from effecting the aerosol data collection.
Kate Thompson (New Mexico connection) explains the site and instruments around us while the balloon is filling.
Helium is pumped into a gigantic latex weather balloon it will pop when the balloon reaches higher altitudes.
Vivian, Niles, Sarah and Gypsy prior to launch. You can see the data collection instrument in Viv’s left hand.

The weather balloons are launched every 4 hours. Our friend Kate is the Logistics coordinator here. There are over 100 instruments at the sites with many universities running data collection for many research projects.

Paul Ortega explained the plotting of data as the balloon rose.

Mark, the meteorologist on site explained that weather balloons are an old data collection method that will not be replaced. It’s the only way to collect real time data for pressure, humidity, and altitude which can then be associated with data collected by other instruments on site to expand research for meteorological studies like aerosols, weather, and behavior of the atmosphere in general.

Mark helping us understand the power of understanding the atmosphere.