The S.A. Agulhas II is on her final stretch of the first oceanographic leg to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island. The voyage has been overall calm, with easy and moderately sea and swells, reaching no more than 3 meters, in the past two days.

The 80th Marion Island overwintering team and land-based takeover personnel will soon reach their destination. The takeover is packed with scientific objectives, for both land and ship-based science groups, which will be shared over the next few weeks. 

Marion Island M80 overwintering team

S.A. Agulhas II - Marion Island Voyage 057

Departure: Port of Cape Town to Marion IslandEvening of 15 April 2023
Expected time of arrival: Marion IslandEvening of 19 April 2023
S.A. Agulhas II last communicated position (18 April 2023, 23:59)LAT: 40° 40.6' S
LONG: 27° 45.5' E
Destination: Marion Island LAT: 44° 9.1' S
LONG: 33° 22.7' E
Number of passengers on board 89 passengers

Message to the overwintering team:

May your team work hard together, take time for celebrations and grow together as a team. We wish you all the best. May you find plenty of happiness and fulfillment during your year in the sub-Antarctic! 

80th Marion Island overwintering team

Team Member Position on M80Affiliation
Ndaedzo NthulaniAssistant Meteorological TechnicianSAWS
Dylan SeatonField Assistant: Sealer MIMMP (UP)
Christopher JonesField Assistant: Birder MAPRU (NMU)
Michelle RisiField Assistant: Birder MAPRU (NMU)
Treasure ThobatsiCommunications Technician DFFE
Gumede MbekezeliElectrical Technician DFFE
Nikitha FikizoloChefDFFE
Tamara EggelingField Assistant: Sealer/Killer Whaler MIMMP (UP)
Zafar MonierField Assistant: Sealer MIMMP (UP)
Kuhle MbalaneAssistant Environmental Control OfficerDFFE
Mfezeko RatazaElectronic Engineer SANSA
Keith Odwa OboseAssistant Meteorological TechnicianSAWS
Kyle MaurerField Assistant: Birder DFFE (Oceans & Coasts)
Mpumelelo MabutyanaField Assistant: Birder DFFE (Oceans & Coasts)
Collen NkadimengDiesel MechanicDFFE
Kelebogile MogotsiSenior Meteorological Technician SAWS
Nkateko MaholobelaEnvironmental Control OfficerDFFE
Sandile NkebeMedical Orderly & Team Leader) DFFE
Camilla SmythField Assistant Mouse-free Marion

Photo caption: Marion80. Photo taken on the heli deck on board the S.A. Agulhas II. Back (L-R) Ndaedzo Nthulani, Dylan Seaton, Christopher Jones, Michelle Risi, Treasure Thobatsi, Gumede Mbekezeli, Nikitha Fikizolo, Tamara Eggeling, Zafar Monier, Kuhle Mbalane, Mfezeko Rataza; (front) Keith Odwa Obose, Kyle Maurer, Mpumelelo Mabutyana, Collen Nkadimeng, Kelebogile Mogotsi, Nkateko Maholobela, Sandile Nkebe and Camilla Smyth.

Photo credit: Christopher Jones and Michelle Risi

Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI DPS Node), 19 April 2023



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