From Antarctica to South Africa
February 13, 2018
Mauritius, South Africa: 20 cadets who left for Antarctica three months ago on board the SA Agulhas are expected to dock at the Port of Port Elizabeth on Friday, February 16, 2018.
The cadets who traversed a crossed the Indian Ocean and the South Pole will return bringing with them their incredible experience from the earth’s southern- most continent and site of the South Pole.
The ship spent approximately one month in the Antarctica.
The vessel, which is the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s (SAMSA) dedicated training vessel, sailed to the Antarctica on November 24, 2017. The vessel was chartered by an Indian science team who boarded the ship at Port Louis, Mauritius.
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.
SAMSA Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi said: “With the Indian scientists chartering the SA Agulhas, it provides a platform for youth to develop their maritime skills, allows SAMSA to take advantage of the immense potential of this untapped resource – the ocean.
“The oceans have the potential to contribute up to 177 billion rand to the gross domestic product (GDP) and create just over one million jobs by 2033.”
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.
The SA Agulhas is internationally recognised for assisting international researchers and created a platform for young cadets to receive training and sea-time.