SA Agulhas II to depart for Marion Island

05 April 2017


The Department of Environmental Affairs’ SA Agulhas II will be embarking on her annual logistical and scientific voyage to Marion Island on Thursday 06 April 2017.

Aboard the ship will be the Marion 74 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists from DEA and tertiary institutions who will be doing research in the ocean and on the island. Their roles on Marion Island will be to gather data throughout the year for various research projects, and will be accompanied by a team that will provide support for the communications systems, facilities, medical wellbeing and weather observations.

The researchers from various tertiary institutions will be performing oceanographic and biological research some of which forms part of international collaborative projects. 

Members of the media are invited to cover the farewell ceremony, and will have an opportunity for photos and interviews.

Details of the farewell ceremony are as follows:

Date: 06 April 2017

Time: 10:30

Venue: East Pier Quay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

For media enquiries contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483/