Day 2 of the S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

SA Agulhas II

Today is the second and last day of the S.A. Agulhas II Mini-Seminar, held in Stellenbosch.

We aim to dig deeper into the technical side of things today, looking at: ice measurements and navigation, vibration and vessel motion. The proposed Polar Observatory as well as robotics and related topics will also be tackled.

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S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

 

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 18 October 2018

S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

SA Agulhas II, Digital Twin, Ship Data, Vibration, Stellenbosch University

This mini-seminar is organised by Annie Bekker, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University and director of the Sound and Vibration Research Group.

In collaboration with Aalto University in Finland, this group has been in full-scale measurements on the S.A. Agulhas II since 2012. This work has culminated in the development of a unique multi-sensor measurement system to research the rigid body motion, vibration and environmental conditions on the S.A. Agulhas II.

However, the future does not call for data, but for insight.

As such this mini-seminar seeks to communicate research results and involve stakeholders in a collaborative brainstorm activity to direct and focus our efforts in future. We will explore…

  1. How real-time engineering information on the bridge can aid operational decisions on the ship to increase safely and operational efficiency.
  2. How digital visualizations of data and vessel infrastructure can be used to develop training material in Maritime Engineering Programmes as well as Virtual Museum Exhibitions?
  3. How a consolidated database of real-time ship data can facilitate science on the A. Agulhas II. Examples include the availability of vessel motion data for the de-contamination of ship-based camera footage or wave slamming predictions to assess the feasibility of launching CTD from the environmental hatch.
  4. How can the continuous monitoring and analysis of real-time measurements contribute to the design of ice-going ships and attract participation of the international digital ship economy?

Selected stakeholders, collaborators and officials are invited to participate in this mini-seminar with the aim to stimulate inter-disciplinary, practical discussions towards the exploitation of science on the S.A. Agulhas II to impact the South African blue economy and polar science.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Annie Bekker (annieb@sun.ac.za).

This event will be covered in social media by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram).

Authors: Dr Annie Bekker (Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University) and Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 20 September 2018

Weddell Sea Expedition planning meeting

The Weddell Sea Expedition planning meeting is currently underway (9 & 10 October) at the Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge, UK.
South Africa should be extremely proud that our polar vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II, will be used for this voyage. A major part of this expedition will involve the search for Shackleton’s lost ship, the Endurance, which sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915. For more information on the Weddell Sea Expedition, click here.

L-R: Tommy Bornman, Sarah Fawcett, Terence Padayachee, Freddie Lighthelm and Annie Bekker (front). Photo credit: Annie Bekker

Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 10 October 2018

Need to plan ahead? Here is the S.A. Agulhas II Schedule

SA Agulhas II

Click here to view the preliminary schedules for the S.A. Agulhas II, now until 2021.

Please note that all departure times from Cape Town will be 14:00 (logistics Voyages only).

All schedules are subject to change.

Enquiries to be directed to N. Devanunthan –  021 4059482

 

Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 08 October 2018

UPDATE: Sailing time for the S.A. Agulhas II not finalised

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

DESTINATIONETD CPTETA BASEETD BASEETA CPTREMARKS
Tristan da Cunha06/09/201814/09/2018Voyage to Tristan da Cunha.
60 Hour stop-over to discharge cargo and passengers
Gough Island15/09/2018Voyage to Gough Island
Offload passengers/cargo/fuel
Buoy run21/09/20186 Day buoy deployment
Gough Island27/09/201802/10/2018Back-load cargo/passengers
Tristan da Cunha03/10/201806/10/201811/10/201848 Hour stop-over at Tristan, back-load cargo/passengers.
Voyage to Cape Town
S.A. Agulhas II Voyage Schedule - Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

 

Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 06 September 2018

Gough 64 departing tomorrow, 6 September 2018

Gough Island 64
Gough64 Team, Team Buff and Team Logo

64th Gough Island Overwintering Team

NamePosition
Xolani NyawoCommunications Engineer - Team Leader
Michelle Risi Birder - Deputy Team Leader
Alexis Osborne Birder
Catherine Mokotji MbazwanaMedic
Christopher JonesBirder
Kabelo MoabiMeteorologist
Karabo Mokwena Meteorologist
Michael NgengangimbiMeteorologist
Innocent MthetwaDiesel 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

South Africa’s class afloat – SEAmester

SEAmester, class afloat, floating university, SA Agulhas II

“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