Category: 19–20 Season

Farewell Macca

We’re all packed up and it is time to head home. Farewell Macquarie Island station, I hope you guys have an awesome winter season. The ship is now heading back to Australia, and should arrive on Wednesday.

/ 21 March 2020

Final day at Macca

Well it’s the final day here. Just need to finish off refuelling the station, do a final passenger retrieval, then we’re away. It’s been a busy but rewarding resupply week.

/ 21 March 2020

Cargo Ops complete

After a busy week of long days, cargo operations are now complete. Probably the most interesting lift I got to see was the station’s new Polaris vehicle, lifted off the deck by one of the squirrel helicopters. Thursday was a “no ops” day, our first rest day off since leaving...

/ 20 March 2020

A day at Macca

Yesterday we had really good weather conditions to get passengers ashore, so I took the opportunity to “head into town” for the day. After a few small comms jobs and helping to unload the food into the green store, I made the most of the sunny afternoon to explore within...

/ 15 March 2020

Land Ho!

Favourable weather conditions this morning gave us a really great start to resupply, with our ship arriving into Buckles Bay on schedule. If you have a mobile phone in your pocket you’re automatically greeted with a “Welcome to Macca!” text message when you come in range of the station GSM...

/ 13 March 2020

Voyage underway

We’ve now been at sea for two days now, and making good progress as we head towards Macquarie Island. It’s a very short transit compared to the Antarctic continent stations – leaving Hobart we get to Macca in under three days. We make the best use of this time conducting...

/ 12 March 2020

Voyage 4 departs

After 30 years as Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker, the Aurora Australis, affectionately known by expeditioners as the “Orange Roughy” departed Hobart 5pm yesterday afternoon for her final resupply voyage south. We had plenty of farewell waves from the Shipping team on the Macquarie 2 dock as the ship cast off, turned...

/ 11 March 2020

A trip up to Mt Field

With pre-departure week complete and a long weekend here in Tassie before voyage departure, I made a quick trip up to Mt Field National Park, a little over an hour west of Hobart. The views are spectacular!

/ 8 March 2020

Pre-departure week

This week I’m back in Hobart to prepare the ship for Voyage 4 (V4) Macquarie Island resupply. When at sea the ship has multiple redundant satellite communications links, so it’s important to verify everything is “ship shape” (excuse the puns) before departure. We’re on track to depart next Tuesday 17:00...

/ 6 March 2020