Young seafarers head to most remote landmass

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Cape Town - A group of 60 young South African seafarers will be setting out on a journey to the most remote landmass on earth – the island of Bouvet in the South Atlantic Ocean – from Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon.  

Headed up by the South African Maritime Safety Authority, the expedition will take place aboard the Agulhas, a former polar vessel and now SAMSA’s training ship, in conjunction with the Norwegian Polar Institute.  

Die Burger reporter Hanlie Gouws was invited to join the expedition after being part of the Agulhas’ last polar journey in 2012. She provided extensive coverage of the expedition and will be doing the same for the Bouvet trip by posting regular updates on her blog.  

"We’re sailing at about 14:00. The weather looks real nasty at the moment, so I’m guessing the chop is going to be nasty. Oh well. It’s all in the name of shipping, science, my country and my readers," she wrote in her latest post on Monday night. 

The ship will be departing from Cape Town harbour. Apart from the 60 cadets and one journalist aboard, it will also be home to a crew of 13, as well as a helicopter team.      

Be sure to follow the journey by checking out Hanlie’s personal blog as well as Die Burger's website.
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