3 October 2022

The S.A. Agulhas II has set sail

The S.A. Agulhas II sailed on October 3, 2022 at 16:32

This October 3, 2022, after the last customs formalities and technical verifications, the S.A. Agulhas II left the port of Cape Town in South Africa at 4:32 pm precisely. She is heading for Mauritius, where she is expected on October 10. The days preceding the departure were devoted to final preparations. On October 1st and 2nd, the Explorations de Monaco team welcomed on board personalities and specialized journalists from the environmental press. Gilles Bessero, director of the Explorations de Monaco and head of the mission, presented the mission and its challenges.

Guests on board on October 1st

Several representatives of official Cape Town organizations, partners of the mission, were welcomed on board for a visit of the ship on October 1st. Among them: Mr. Laurent Alberti, Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr. Bob Yearmann, Honorary Consul of Monaco, Mr. Mukthar Joonas, Honorary Consul of Mauritius, Mr. Dawie Crous and his wife, President of the Princess Charlene Foundation in South Africa, Mrs. Chuma Phamoli, Acting Director of Southern Oceans and Antarctic Support (DFFE).
Mr. Marcello Vichi, Marine and Antarctic Research Centre in conversation with Mr. Mukthar Joonas, Honorary Consul of Mauritius in Cape Town©Didier Théron_Monaco Explorations
Ms. Laura Braby, Ph. Laura Braby, PhD student, in the background. In the foreground Ms. Céline Dimier, embedded scientist©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations
Mr. Laurent Alberti, Consul General of France in Cape Town in conversation with Mr. Gilles Bessero, Director of Monaco Explorations©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations
Dave Murray, right, and Graham Dreyden (Amsol) in conversation with Dr. Brendan Quinn, ship's doctor (back) ©Didier Théron-MonacoExplorations
From left to right; Dr Brendan Quinn, ship's doctor, Mr. Laurent Alberti, Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr. Siyabonga Sibiya, Navigation Officer of the S.A. Agulhas II during the visit of the ship©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations
Presentation of the mission to the personalities present in the auditorium. In the center of the picture, Mr. Bob Yearman, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Cape Town and on his left Mr. Dawie Crous, President of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in South Africa and his wife©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations
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Reception on board the S.A. Agulhas II on September 30, 2022.