The S.A. Agulhas II departed from the Port of Cape Town at around 10pm, 02 September 2019 and will return on 07 October 2019. Click here to view the voyage schedule.
Who is onboard:
- The 65th Gough Island overwintering team – this team will be joined by the Gough64 field assistants forming part of Gough65.
- Scientists from South African Weather Service, University of Pretoria and Nelson Mandela University.
- Advanced party of the Gough Island Restoration Team led by Andrew Callender (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
- Team to deploy the new Gough Island emergency hut led by Dr Guy Preston.
- Team of the Department of Public Works.
- Logistics and coordinating team from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF).
- Passengers on their way to Tristan da Cunha.
- Read more here.
|Mr Errol Julies ||Communication/Electronics Engineer and Team Leader
|Mr Thendo Sikhwari ||Senior Meteorological Technician and Deputy Team Leader
|Ms Michelle Risi-Jones ||Field Assistant and Deputy Team Leader- Scientific
|Mr Dylan Seaton||Meteorological Technician
|Ms Siyasanga Mphehle||Meteorological Technician
|Mr Thabiso Maphumulo||Electrician
|Mr Bubele Nongwejana||Medical Orderly
|Mr Gilbert Kgang||Diesel Mechanic
|Mr Christopher Jones||Field Assistant
|Mr Alexis Osborne||Field Assistant
L-R: Bubele Nongwejana, Thabiso Maphumulo, Gilbert Kgang, Errol Julies, Thendo Sikhwari, Siyasanga Mphehle and Dylan Seaton.
Field assistants: Michelle Risi-Jones, Alexis Osborne and Christopher Jones. Photo Credit: Michelle Risi-Jones.
Meet the team leader and deputy team leader of Gough65
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 04 September 2019
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
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