Hey there, happy Heincke Cruisers, 2018 (:
I've decided to make a short FAQ section for you since I've successfully survived the Heincke once before. I'm putting down everything that comes to mind, but should you have any other questions, get in touch and we'll sort them out!
Helgoland is nice. Helgoland is also cold. Yes, even towards the end of April. Pack some clothes and attire for warmer weather but if you don't want to freeze, please also bring some warmer things, even if you think you might not need them. Please keep in mind that while out at sea, there is constant wind and it's a lot more frosty than on land.
Here's all the special stuff I packed last year:
Pro tip: bring a small backpack you can take from the hostel to the ship. Please always have a spare change of clothes with you in case it rains on the way to the ship or you get your clothes wet on the ship while working.
The cook on the ship is amazing. For every meal, plenty of food is provided, including vegetarian options. Make sure to indicate any special dietary needs ahead of time, ESPECIALLY if you have any allergies. Mealtimes are a bit special, breakfast is around 07:00, lunch was at 11:30 and dinner at 17:30. There was also a short coffee break in the early afternoon where you could get coffee and some biscuits or cake. And yes, coffee is always around to get.
As you saw in the seminar, there are plenty of different projects to join and areas to work in. In the ideal case that you are currently done with your own work or waiting for a new task and not feeling ill, there's plenty of stuff to do:
Your report is a big part of the grade. Although it is due only a month after the excursion, it's best to get it done with on the excursion when you're in the process and can best describe it. The report template can be found on the Documentation page and if you need any other help or have questions, you can ask me anytime! Reports need to be uploaded to the PIGGY server to which the access data is included in the prep seminar slidefiles. If it doesn't work, let me know. (For Windows users: I find WinSCP nicer to use than Filezilla). I have attached here the report from last year that I wrote together with Sokhna on our project so you can get an idea ofwhat your report should look like (don't mess up the date though like we did).