Based on the 2019-2023 MSP operational plan that has been approved by the ECORD Council at its last two meetings (see www.ecord.org), the ECORD Science Operator (ESO) has continued to plan the Expedition #389 ‘Hawaiian Drowned Reefs’ (X389), including the issuing of the drilling contract notice, evaluation of bids and holding contractual discussions with the preferred bidder.
In December, the preferred bidder pulled out of negotiations citing business reasons. An alternative, not wholly compliant bidder was immediately engaged. Discussions with the alternative bidder led to the conclusion that, at this time, X389 would carry significant technical risk.
The ECORD Council has decided to postpone X389.