New Antarctic Mission for L’Astrolabe

November 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – On October 17, 2020, the polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe set sail from Saint-Paul Bay to begin transit to Hobart in Tasmania, the building’s usual logistical stopover before its operations to the French scientific base of Dumont d’Urville in Terre Adélie .

Crew B, in charge of the building for the start of the 2020-2021 Antarctic season, carried out, in compliance with the sanitary rules in force, around fourteen in three military enclosures made available by the Base Support Group of defense of Reunion Island (GSBDD). This isolation protected the crew and avoided importing the virus into Tasmania and Antarctica.

Crew B embarked on October 12, 2020 and set sail two days later to begin an additional seven-day health observation period before returning to the open sea. This period was used to conduct intensive targeted training in order to refine the preparation of the crew and allow everyone to redo their ranges. The success of this operation also relied on the support of 2 E crew who ensured the preparation of the building prior to deployment (boarding equipment, supplies or control of the ship’s facilities and bio-cleaning of the board).

After a few days at sea, L’Astrolabe carried out a patrol in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Amsterdam and Saint-Paul islands, under the administration of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF), before continuing its journey through the “ 40 e Roaring ‘ (name given to the latitudes between the 40th and 50th parallel in the southern hemisphere, these latitudes are called so because of strong winds mainly from the West) towards Tasmania. L’Astrolabe has taken October 27, 2020 Cape Leeuwin, 3 eiconic course for sailors with the Horn and Good Hope and reached Hobart on November 2. The polar patrol vessel should carry out a first supply in Antarctica in mid-November.

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