The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will bid farewell to the SA Agulhas II as she departs for Antarctica on Thursday, 07 December 2017, at the East Pier Quay, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Aboard the vessel will be the SANAE Expedition team who will spend 14 months at the SANAE IV base, as well as scientists that are collaborating with Finland in testing noise vibrations, slamming and its effect on the vessel so that measures can be explored to ensure the protection of sensitive equipment and the greatest comfort for the crew and passengers.
The DEA has also established a project collaborating with other countries like Norway and Germany in looking at land-breeding marine predators as bio-indicators of change in Antarctica. The research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is vital to understanding natural variability, the processes that govern global change and the role of humans in the earth and climate system. The potential for new knowledge to be gained from future Antarctic science is considerable.
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs