VIDEO: SA Agulhas I docks at PE Harbour after 3-month voyage carrying 30 cadets

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 10, 2017
VIDEO: SA Agulhas I docks at PE Harbour after 3-month voyage carrying 30 cadets

The SA Agulhas I, South Africa’s first training vessel, docked at the Port Elizabeth Harbour on Friday, 10th March, which took a total 30 sea-farer cadets aboard to partake in scientific experiments and research.

The training was funded by the National Skills Fund.  The vessel took to sea on December 14th 2016, and for almost three months, sailed 68 degrees south to Antarctica and back – where 30 cadets from the South Afriican Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) and Marine Crew Services (MCS), partook and assisted in efforts to gain practical experience and knowledge aboard in a real-life venture.

A team of Indian scientists conducted the scientific experiments and research, while the cadets and seamen aboard the Agulhas assisted with the on-board mechanisms to properly execute these operations.

“The research was basically about the sea conditions and its effects on the climate conditions. We as cadets were mainly assisting the scientists to do their research to gain exposure with the other team of seamen and training officers,” commented Qhawe Ngcobo, one of the cadets aboard the SA Agulhas I, to RNEWS.

Watch to get some insight of the vessel and background of the voyage aboard the SA Agulhas I