Cadets Sail on 'Coldest Journey'

Nautilus International Union
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
SA Agulhas: Photo credit SANAP

'SA Agulhas', a pioneering South African seafarer training ship with 62 cadets on board supports an Antarctic winter crossing expedition.

The converted 6,132gt polar research and supply vessel, SA Agulhas has left Capetown, South Africa for the final leg of the ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition to the ice. It also spearheads an ambitious plan to boost South Africa’s maritime sector. The ship visited London in December 2012, as part of its charter for the Trans Antarctic Winter Traverse (TAWT) Trust which is fundraising on the journey for Seeing is Believing, a global charitable initiative to tackle avoidable blindness.

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), chief executive Commander Tsietsi Mokhele said: ‘SAMSA is proud to be part of such a historical journey. The research conducted will benefit the entire world. This is history in the making.’

In partnership with other African countries such as Gambia, Cameroon and Ghana, the voyage by cadets from the South African Training Academy (SAMTRA) marked the beginning of efforts to ‘reposition’ Africa in the world maritime community. ‘By repositioning our maritime efforts, we will assist in the repositioning of our communities — empowering them economically,’ commented Cdr Mokhele.

The SA Agulhas is expected reach Antarctica in four weeks, where it will drop off expedition leader Sir Fiennes and his team at base camp Novo, ready for their trek across the South Pole. It will then head back to South Africa, before returning in 2014 to collect the expedition team.

During the 2000 mile journey across the pole, the team will undertake scientific research projects and, using satellite communications, send educational material back to linked-in schools in the Commonwealth, including several in the UK.
 


People & Company News

MN100: Klüber Lubrication NA LP

The Company: Klüber Lubrication is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide.

Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a Caribbean shipyard providing retrofit, refurbishment and revitalization to cruise and commercial vessels, has added four

MN100: Voith Turbo

The Company: Voith Turbo specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of high performance driveline equipment. From drive components to electronic drive systems,

Education/Training

MN100: SeaSchool

The Company: Sea School prides itself on remaining ahead of the competition with over 36 years experience in dealing with Coast Guard Licensing, Regulations, and Maritime Education.

Connected Ships, Smart Data, Cybersecurity to Feature in SHIPPINGInsight

Ship connectivity, smart data and cybersecurity will be central themes on the agenda at the fifth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. The

MN100: SUNY Maritime College

The School: Combining classroom and lab learning with summer sea terms aboard the training ship and industry internships, SUNY Maritime prepares students to be leaders in all sectors of industry,

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0906 sec (11 req/sec)