S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar
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Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 17 October 2017
63rd Gough Island Overwintering team ready to leave the island. Photo received from: Michelle Risi
The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from Gough Island, yesterday afternoon.
The 64th Gough Island overwintering team will now do the honours of taking care of the South African weather station and the collection of various field and meteorological data.
We would like to wish the team a successful year on the island. May you prosper and achieve all the goals set for you during this take-over.
The S.A. Agulhas II is currently on her way to Tristan da Cunha, where a 48 hour stop-over will made to back-load cargo and passengers. The expected time of departure (ETD) at Tristan da Cunha is 06 October 2018 and the expected time of arrival (ETA) in Cape Town is 11 October 2018.
The 64th Gough Island Overwintering team excited to take over the responsibilities of managing and maintaining the Gough Base for the next 13 months. Photo credit: Michelle Risi
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 02 October 2018
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S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar
All passengers and crew on-board the S.A Agulhas II have gone through customs and the ship departed from Cape Town harbour mid-morning today, 07 September 2018.
Destination: Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island.
Please click here to view the original voyage schedule – dates might change due to late departure.
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 07 September 2018
The S.A. Agulhas II will not be leaving the harbour today.
This sailing schedule will be amended as soon as we have more information.
Gough Island/ Tristan da Cunha S.A. Agulhas Voyage Schedule 2018
S.A. Agulhas II Voyage Schedule - Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
|DESTINATION||ETD CPT||ETA BASE||ETD BASE||ETA CPT||REMARKS
|Tristan da Cunha||06/09/2018||14/09/2018||Voyage to Tristan da Cunha.
60 Hour stop-over to discharge cargo and passengers
|Gough Island||15/09/2018||Voyage to Gough Island
|Buoy run||21/09/2018||6 Day buoy deployment
|Gough Island||27/09/2018||02/10/2018||Back-load cargo/passengers
|Tristan da Cunha||03/10/2018||06/10/2018||11/10/2018||48 Hour stop-over at Tristan, back-load cargo/passengers.
Voyage to Cape Town
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 06 September 2018
Gough64 Team, Team Buff and Team Logo
64th Gough Island Overwintering Team
|Xolani Nyawo||Communications Engineer - Team Leader
|Michelle Risi ||Birder - Deputy Team Leader
|Alexis Osborne ||Birder
|Catherine Mokotji Mbazwana||Medic
|Karabo Mokwena ||Meteorologist
|Innocent Mthetwa||Diesel Mechanic
|Patrick Hlongwane ||Electrician
|Click here to meet the team.||
Photo Credit: Michelle Risi (Gough64 Birder).
Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 05 September 2018
Team training for the 64th Gough Island Overwintering Team commenced on the 13th of August and today the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) joined the training.
During this session the team received historical background (in the form of a timeline) on South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic (SANAE base), sub-Antarctic (Marion base), but most importantly Gough Island – where this team will depart to in 3 weeks’ time.
This team will now become part of South Africa’s Antarctic Legacy and we wish them all the best for their journey on the island.
Click here to download the Gough64 team training schedule.
Meet the 64th Gough Island Overwintering team:
Author: Anché Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 20 August 2018
“It seems almost yesterday that I approached the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) to consider funding a Floating University that would be open to all University and Technikon postgraduate students” says Associate Professor and Head of Oceanography Isabelle Ansorge “and here we are planning our third year”!
SEAmester aims to introduce marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students who have shown an affinity for these core science disciplines. It combines traditional class-room lectures with hands-on ship-based deck activities for the students, while providing them with opportunities to network with and support specialist scientists in recognised marine research activities. The programme strives to gain greater awareness of the oceans’ physical and ecological response to climate change. To date, since the first cruise in 2016 over 120 students from 23 universities and technikons around South Africa as well as over 54 lecturers have participated in SEAmester. As an example – the lectures range from space weather to ocean plastics to marine microbiology to ocean instrumentation. Going hand-in-hand with the lectures are specially designed experiments which are linked to the mornings classroom lecture – so for plastics the students then spend a few hours towing a net over the side, after a lecture on the seafloor we tow a dredge to see what comes up from over 400 m deep, students learn to count seabirds, study and forecast weather patterns and get to grips with calibrating oceanographic data.
What makes SEAmester so unique is that its open to any national postgraduate student. In the past access to the SA Agulhas II was only possible if your supervisor had a grant through the South African National Antarctic Programme – Naturally this was limited to only a few Universities who undertook polar research – so this meant that students studying mangrove swamps at the University of Zululand for instance would never have a chance to go onboard the SA Agulhas II – SEAmester removes those restrictions! The participating students come from a range of backgrounds and for majority of these students it is their first time out at sea – a truly life changing event! SEAmester is funded until 2020 but its hoped to become a flagship DST project in marine education.
The next cruise: 16 July – 27 July 2018 (click here for more information).
Professor Isabelle Ansorge and Tahlia Henry, Oceanography Department University of Cape Town, 02 July 2018
The Department of Environmental Affairs invites you to bring your entire family to come and experience a fun-filled day at the SA Agulhas II Open Day:
Date: 09 June 2018
Venue: Port of Durban
Open 09h00 – Close 15h00
You and your family will have the unique opportunity of taking a tour of the SA Agulhas II research vessel. We also have our partners from the marine and maritime industry who will showcase their environmental work and scientific work.
The event is suitable for all ages, and our venue is wheelchair friendly.
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