SA Agulhas to set sail tomorrow
February 07, 2018
Port Louis, Mauritius:Tomorrow (February 08, 2018) the SA Agulhas will set sail to South Africa from Port Louis, Mauritius, after dropping off international scientists who boarded the vessel last year. The return trip is expected to last 10 days.
The vessel, which is the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) dedicated training vessel, sailed to the Antarctica on November 24, 2017, via Port Louis carrying 20 cadets who are enrolled at various institutions pursuing maritime studies. The vessel was chartered by an Indian science team who boarded the ship at Port Louis, Mauritius. The ship spent approximately one month in the Antarctica.
The SA Agulhas, an ice strengthening ship, has been performing well during the voyage. The SA Agulhas which is 41-years-old, has undertaken more than 10 missions to Antarctica. Captain Michael Barnes is the current master.
About 40-47 scientists from the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research joined the cadets on the expedition to carry out oceanographic research.
The cadets on board mostly are maritime studies students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The South African International Maritime Institute are responsible for the Cadet Training Programme on board the vessel.
During the stopover at Port Louis, Mauritius, the vessel carried out minor repairs. A wash-up meeting was held in Port Louis in which the charterers (scientists) expressed their thanks for the support given to them during the voyage which was a great success.
The research team was headed by Doctor R. K. Mishra from in Goa, India.
SAMSA’s Chief Operations Officer, Sobantu Tilayi said: “As SAMSA we are proud to have created a platform for young cadets to be trained on our vessel and gain experience in the open sea.
“She has been doing well on her journey and we are confident that the knowledge that was acquired through this journey will benefit the students. Through such missions we also hope to push for greater employment opportunities for our youth.”