The Port of Port Elizabeth welcomed the arrival of the SA Agulhas at 06:30 this morning.
The SA Agulhas will remain in the city until after the Port Festival from 25 to 26 March 2017 and the public will get a chance to view the vessel up close.
With a complement of 66 – 30 of whom were first time sea cadets – the SA Agulhas set out during December 2016 on a voyage through the Indian Ocean to embark an Indian Scientific team in Mauritius. From there the SA Agulhas voyaged south on an oceanographic trip.
The return of the SA Agulhas to active service has boosted South Africa’s cadet training programme and offer cadets additional sea-time opportunities.
Vital to their training was the deployment and navigation in different latitudes and weather conditions, deployment of support boats and equipment in support of scientific research offers ideal seamanship training.
The SA Agulhas is a Steel Hulled, Ice strengthened Antarctic Supply/Oceanographic Research Vessel whose keel was laid in 1977 by builders, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Shimonoseki, Japan.
The 111.95 metre long vessel has a gross tonnage of 6122.96 tons, a cruising speed of 12.5 knots and a range of 15 000 nautical miles.
The full complement capacity of 138, comprising 40 crew and 98 scientific/other staff, can spend up to 90 days at sea on SA Agulhas.
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