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The S.A. Agulhas II Arrived in Cape Town on 3 May 2012.

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S. A. Agulhas II is a South African icebreaking polar supply and research ship owned by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). She was built in 2012 by STX Finland in Rauma, Finland, to replace the aging S.A. Agulhas, which was retired from SANAP duty, but is fullfilling a training role with SAMSA since 2012. Unlike her predecessor, S. A. Agulhas II was designed from the beginning to carry out both scientific research and supply South African research stations in the Antarctic.

Vessel Particulars...

Owner: Department of Environmental Affairs
Polar supply and research vessel
Ice Class:
Keel Laid:
31 January 2011
STX Finland, Rauma, Finland
Gross tonnage:
12,897 GT
3,840 NT
4,780 DWT
13,687 tons
Length overall:
134.2 m (440 ft)
21.7 m (71 ft)
7.65 m (25.1 ft)
Depth: 10.55 m (34.6 ft)
Installed Power:
4 × Wärtsilä 6L32 (4 × 3,000 kW)
Diesel-electric; two shafts
(2 × 4,500 kW)
Two controllable pitch propellers

16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (max)
5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) in 1 m (3.3 ft) ice

15,000 nautical miles (28,000 km;
17,000 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h;
16 mph)
Call sign:
100 passengers in 46 cabins
4,000 m3 (140,000 cu ft) cargo hold
500 m3 (18,000 cu ft) of polar diesel.
Aircraft carried: 2 × Atlas Oryx
Aviation facilities:
Helideck and hangar

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Interesting links and documentation or download the pdf version here - General information - Captain's log and general information on the SA AgulhasII - Facebook page - general information - Hand-over of the SA Agulhas II for the Department ofEnvironmental Affairs

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S.A. Agulhas II in the media

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