Earlier this year Prof Annie Bekker of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, also director of the Sound and Vibration Research Group, organised and hosted the S.A. Agulhas II mini-seminar. This seminar covered the full scale measurement capabilities of the S.A Agulhas II and the measurements to be taken this Antarctic season.

Captain Knowledge Bengu, who will be the Captain of the S.A. Agulhas II for the 2018/2019 Antarctic Expedition, attended this seminar. This gave him some insight of what is planned by the scientists for the season and how to prepare for the SANAE58/Weddell Sea Expedition and all the operations involved.

South Africa’s ice breaking vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II, is currently on her way to Antarctica on a 96 day cruise (almost a month longer than usually) – what does the captain say about this? Anche Louw of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa interviewed Captain Knowledge Bengu – see interview below.

The first stop for the S.A. Agulhas II is Penguin Bukta. Here the SANAE58 team, cargo and other research personnel will be offloaded and then transported to SANAE IV.
The ship will then depart to the Weddell Sea (after fuel pumping) for the 45 day Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, on search for The Endurance and also if possible scientific exploration.

For more information about the Weddell Sea Expedition – click here.

Interview with Captain of the 2018/2019 SANAE58/Weddell Sea Expedition

VIDEO – Interview with Captain of the S.A. Agulhas II. (also check out current positon of the ship at the end of the video).South Africa's ice breaking vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II, is currently on her way to Antarctica on a 96 day cruise (almost a month longer than usually) – what does the captain say about this? .1st Stop is Penguin Bukta. Here the SANAE58 team, cargo and other research personnel will be offloaded and then transported to SANAE IV.The ship will then depart to the Weddell Sea (after fuel pumping) for the 45 day Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, on search for The Endurance and also if possible scientific exploration. .#A68Iceberg #WeddellSea #SAAgulhas2 #Antarctica #PenguinBukta #CaptainKnowledgeBengu #SANAE58 #TheEndurance #Historical #SouthAfrica #Science #Research #Exploration African Marine Solutions Department of Environmental Affairs Department of Science and Technology National Research Foundation #SANAP Scott Polar Research Institute Ultimate Helicopters

Posted by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa on Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 18 December 2018

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