New summer voyage 2016/2017

We have been pretty busy with the new cruise preparations over the past few weeks. But finally, Johan, this year’s participant, is on board along with all the sample equipment and the ship left Cape Town Waterfront.  Johan will report back from his experience whenever he has some spare time. He will be extremely busy sampling over the next ten days, though, until the ship reaches the Antarctic ice shelf.

This year, Johan will sample for various projects, such as determining the composition of Southern Ocean phytoplankton and microbial communities and biochemical and physiological adaptations. Together with the results from previous cruises and international efforts, this allows us to better understand the marine ecosystem functioning.

The photos give you an impression of the cargo loading and Johan boarding the ship to leave for the 70 days long expedition! Johan will only return 7 February 2017!  Good luck, Johan!

Loading R/V SA Agulhas II

Loading R/V SA Agulhas II

South Africa's proud flagship dedicated to Miriam Madiba (photo credit Alecia Erasmus)

South Africa’s proud flagship dedicated to Miriam Makeba (photo credit Alecia Erasmus)

Loading our incubator. We will grow bacteria and algae isolated from the seawater at defined temperature (as cold as the seawater around the Antarctic) during the cruise.

Loading our incubator. Joahn will grow bacteria and algae isolated from the seawater at defined temperature (as cold as the seawater around the Antarctic) during this year’s cruise.

And here comes our laminar flow bench, that will allow Johan to conduct some work in a sterile environment on board.

..and here comes our laminar flow bench that will allow Johan to conduct some work in a sterile environment on board.

and, of course, Johan boarding, ready to go on the 70 days long adventure!

and, of course, Johan boarding, ready to go on the 70 days long adventure! (photo credit Alecia Erasmus)

 

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  1. Pingback: Colours in the sea and in the sky | 2016, new year, new Southern Ocean adventures: off the benches, in the waves and in the sky ..

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