Sep 132012

Aurora Australis and Hobart

At 10pm Eastern Australian Standard Time tomorrow evening, the RSV Aurora Australis will slip south into the night. The final day of preparation will see last minute touches to all the labs on board, equipment being stowed for transit, helicopters landing on board, and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) being assembled and launched.

Then all expeditioners will board, ready to begin the process of safety briefings, inductions, and settling into the confines of a research icebreaker.

But for now, its time for goodbyes and, well, the good old Antarctic ‘hurry up and wait’.Lab farm on the foredeck



Two days to go!

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Sep 122012

RSV Aurora Australis in port

Activity on the Aurora is reaching fever pitch as 70 odd scientists and a swarm of technical support crew make ready for 7 weeks at sea! Labs are being squared away, supplies loaded and myriad last-minute problems are being solved on the fly.

loading supplies for 7 weeks at sea

It’s an exciting time allright!

Count down

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Sep 112012

It is now three days until the SIPEX 2 voyage is scheduled to leave. All expeditioners have arrived, the ship has been loaded and is currently being prepared for departure.

Pre-departure training occupied the scientists and support staff for the past two days, while cargo was loaded onto the ship. This morning, work started in earnest as the ship is now available to set up labs, configure equipment, and generally prepare for seven weeks at sea…

Its time to put those years of preparation into practice!


Aug 202012

The Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystems eXperiment (SIPEX) 2012 departs on 14 September 2012. Final preparations are underway!