Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017      

Tuesday proved to be a busy day on board the James Clark Ross,  with an arrival into East Cove in the morning and then a departure from East Cove in the early evening.

The passage into and out of East Cove requires a Pilot,  to guide the ship safely to and from the berth.  Once we had arrived alongside the process of taking bunkers,  fuel,  began and continued throughout the day.  A little less than 500 cubic metres was loaded and this will be more than enough to see us through the next few weeks before our return to the Falklands.

Wildlife at East Cove was a mixture of turkey vultures,  gannets and seagulls.  The gannets were nesting on one of the link spans between the pontoons used to tie up to.

Whilst the Engineers were busy getting the fuel on board,  the Deck Department was busy with other tasks.  Here Colin and Matt are preparing one of the Humber Inflatable boats,  which will be used extensively during the base relief at Signy and Bird Island.

On departing the Falkland Islands this evening the Pilots were dropped off via one of the tugs based in the area and as I write this update the ship is now Full Away on Passage to Signy.  If conditions are good it is hoped to arrive some time on Saturday.  Once we do get to the island an assessment will be made as to how to carry out the relief as the condition of the area won't be known.  Fingers are crossed that there is little snow to get in the way,  otherwise a lot of shovelling will have to take place to clear a path to the front door!  Picture Pete Buctrout (British Antarctic Survey).


Noon Position Report Wednesday 1st November 2017 

Latitude: 5154 N
Longitude: 058 26 W
Destination : Signy Island
Wind: Direction  W Force 5
Air Temp: 11.1 C Sea Temp: 8.7 C
Pressure: 1002.5 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady


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