The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from the East Pier of Cape Town harbour on 6 December 2018. The ship then docked at customs, where passports of all passengers onboard were stamped. The ship officially left Cape Town 7 December 2018 en route Antarctica.
The voyage schedule is as follows:
|SANAE||06/12/2018||19/12/2018||Annual relief voyage Cape Town to Antarctica (Penguin Bukta)|
|20/12/2018||31/12/2018||Offloading, fuel pumping|
|01/01/2019||14/02/2019||Weddell Sea Expedition|
|15/02/2019||23/02/2019||Back-loading, fuel pumping|
|24/02/2019||11/03/2019||Return to Cape Town (via SS Island if required)|
Onboard the vessel is the 58th SANAE Overwintering team that will stay in and maintain South Africa’s Antarctic research station (SANAE IV), while gathering weather and space weather data for a period of 14 months.
The Weddell Sea Expedition will also form part of this voyage – click here for more information.
Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 13 December 2018