The SA Agulhas is South Africa's polar research vessel. She has been in service for almost thirty years and is nearing the end of her term of service. The Agulhas is used to service the three SANAP research bases in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as well as various research voyages. She spends most of her time out of harbour.
Steel Hulled, Ice strengthened Antarctic Supply/Oceanographic Research Vessel
LRS Ice Class 1
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan
7107 at moulded summer draft
15 000 nautical miles
138 comprising 40 crew and 98 scientific/other staff
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Directorate: Antarctica and islands
Photos: Ronald Collatz, Ross Hofmeyr.
The SA Agulhas offloading at the Atka Bukta - Neumayer