SA Agulhas sets sail for home

2013-02-11 17:34
The SA Agulhas has left Cape Town for Gough Island. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The SA Agulhas has left Cape Town for Gough Island. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


SA Agulhas II embarks on first voyage

2012-07-10 09:15

Watch South Africa's new polar research vessel embarking on her first voyage to Antarctica.WATCH

Cape Town - The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) polar training vessel the Agulhas is steaming home from Antarctica, having dropped members of The Coldest Journey expedition on the edge of the frozen continent.

The ship, which has 51 South African training cadets on board, as well as some expedition support members, is set to dock in Cape Town on Tuesday, Samsa said in a statement.

The Agulhas, its crew and the cadets have been supporting the expedition, headed by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Fiennes, together with five others, is attempting to make the first-ever, mid-winter crossing of Antarctica.

"The ship sailed for Antarctica from Cape Town a month ago [7 January], after departing from London where the expedition team joined the crew.

"Following 12 days of unloading and preparations alongside the ice shelf in Crown Bay, the Agulhas is returning, having successfully completed the mission to establish the expedition team with their equipment in Antarctica."

The statement quoted expedition co-leader Anton Bowring, who praised the work done by the cadets.

"It has been a unique opportunity for the cadets to get experience of navigating and handling cargo in Antarctica, an environment unlike any other," he said.

"They have worked hard and been a wonderful asset to the expedition. It has been a great pleasure to have them with us."

The Agulhas will dock at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront at 08:00 on Tuesday.

According to The Coldest Journey's website, the explorers are attempting the crossing from Crown Bay, via the South Pole, to Captain Scott's base at McMurdo Sound, a distance of about 4 000km.

The six-member team - who are using two modified Caterpillar D6N vehicles, each towing a caboose, and store and fuel sleds - will take six months to cross Antarctica, most of the time in complete darkness.

They and their equipment are set to be picked up by the Agulhas in McMurdo Sound in February next year.

Read more on:    samsa  |  cape town  |  antarctica  |  environment  |  maritime

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Nicole is the cover girl for the 2014 edition of SA Swimsuit! Check out some smoking hot pics of here here.

11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!
Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


The Moon has moved into your sign, emphasizing the need to connect things to work together. There is a tendency to focus too more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.