Each day, the ship and science crew labor many hours working towards the scientific objectives of the cruise. The work can be arduous, the winds strong, the seas rough, and the equipment malfunctions. So, it is important to find activities that keep the morale high.
The most important piece of equipment for doing just that is the foosball table, or calcetto, in Italian. The significance of this equipment was emphasized during the ship’s recent repair period. A shipyard worker converted the game table into a sawhorse for cutting wood. The First Officer urgently informed the worker that an accidental cut of the coveted table would likely result in many angry crewmembers. The worker seemed confused, but replaced the table with a proper sawhorse, and the ever important foosball table was saved from potential harm.