The SA Agulhas II is on her way on her annual relief voyage to the Prince Edward Islands, with Marion Island her ultimate goal. Two of our National Committee members are on board. Liezel is going to Marion to conduct fieldwork for her PhD studies, together with Lefa and Dave from Sub-Antarctic Landscape Climate Interactions. Marius, our current Vice Chair, is going to the Island as part of the year team, M76. He is the team leader and a metkassie, part of the South African Weather Service (SAWS) meteorology complement.
Our red lady left the East Pier yesterday (13 April) at ~ 8 PM. On board are the new year team, numerous science teams (both terrestrial and ocean-bound), support and logistic personnel. Before the current take-over complement could depart for Marion Island everyone had the chance to say good-bye to their loved ones on the pier. Once everyone was safely on board, together with the food, medicine and other cargo, the ship made her way across the harbour to have everyone go through customs, before she left for the Prince Edward Islands. We wish everyone a safe and successful take-over. For the year team, we wish you a wonderful and productive year! Be sure to stay up-to-date on M76 through the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa and the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) website.