SA Agulhas II returns from Antarctica

27 February 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries will welcome back the SA Agulhas II as she returns from Antarctica on Friday, 28 February 2020, at the East Pier Quay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Aboard the vessel will be the SANAE 58 expedition team, DEA’s supporting team, members from National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (NDPWI), as well as scientists and researchers from various tertiary institutions.

The SANAE 58 team spent 14 months collecting long term data, such as, sea surface temperature, oxygen and carbon measurements, which is instrumental in furthering and enhancing our understanding of present day global climate change. South Africa and international weather forecasts rely heavily on the availability of data inputs from this region and having this continuous data set enables better prediction of severe weather phenomena.

The SA Agulhas II also played a vital role in the historic, international multi-disciplinary Weddell Sea Expedition. The expedition undertook research to help us better understand the oceanography and sea ice conditions of the Weddell Sea and the implications for climate change and global ocean currents.

Media is invited to cover the arrival as follows:

Venue: East Pier Quay, East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Date: 28 February 2020
Time: 10:30

For media RSVP’s contact:
Tshego Letshwiti
Cell: 076 307 9634

For all media inquiries contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483