This week at the station

This week at Casey: 10 January 2014

Fuel tank cleaning

One of the major summer projects for the infrastructure team is essential work on the station fuel storage facility. Much of the work relates to replacing the drain valves on all the fuel tanks and the fuel lines on the station and upgrading the pump sets. With the new work partly completed cleaning of the fuel tanks had become a priority.

Casey has eleven 90000 litre tanks and at the end of the season most of that fuel has been used presenting the perfect opportunity to clean the tanks. Normally one or two tanks are attempted each season but on this occasion the team attempted to clean as many as possible finally ending up with a total of nine out of eleven cleaned over the two days operation.

Cleaning the tanks is not a straight forward operation requiring confined space entry, managing a hazardous environment and working at heights. With every safety box ticked the task proceeded without incident and was a credit to all involved. Getting into a fuel tank and scrubbing it down isn’t for everyone so special thanks go to Dave G who volunteered for the job, Michael B, Dan J, Joe B and Steve M who assisted.

An expeditioner monitors the fuel tank cleaning from above the tank
Fuel tank cleaning
(Photo: Joe Briguglio)
An expeditioners checks a tank level from above with a dip stick
Checking tank levels
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)

Christmas at Casey

Christmas at Casey was celebrated on the 28th December this year, due to working around resupply and other operations on station. Activities of the day included a visit from Santa and his many helpers, the distribution of presents via a Kris Kringle system, a ping pong tournament that resulted in victory for the “O” team (Olivia and Olivier), many games of cricket on the helipad, an all station photograph and finally a delicious Christmas feast.

The Christmas table featured some impressive ice carvings, including a penguin centre-piece and two ice bowls. The food was outstanding and was the talk of the night, as was the decorations and table décor including three dimensional biscuit dinosaurs that had managed to sneak their way into the Christmas theme.

Casey Christmas program of events
Christmas program of events
(Photo: Danielle Camenzuli)
Santa's penguins escorting Rudolph the red nosed Hägglunds
Santa's penguins escorting Rudolph the red nosed Hägglunds
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
Mr and Mrs Claus in the sleigh
Mr and Mrs Claus in the sleigh
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)
A red Hägglunds decorated to look like a reindeer
Rudolph in all his glory
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)
A group of festively dressed expeditioners during Christmas celebrations
The Christmas team
(Photo: Shane Kern)
Group shot of 2013/2014 Casey expeditioners
The Casey 2013/2014 expeditioners
(Photo: Joe Dragone)
Eddie putting the final touches on the seafood selection
Eddie putting the final touches on the seafood selection
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)
A selection of Christmas treats
Delicious Christmas treats
(Photo: Lauren Wise)

Scruffy and the Permafrosts

Consisting of a chef, pilot, environmental scientist, engineering services supervisor and a plant operator this unlikely group united to form the 2013/14 Summer version of the Casey station band. After a few rehearsal sessions and the all important selection of a set list, “Scruffy and the Permafrosts” performed on New Year's Eve for the very first time. They were an instant hit, with members of the crowd joining in on stage for the final songs (no karaoke machine required!).

An expeditioner playing drums during band rehearsal
Joe all smiles during rehearsal
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)
An expeditioner playing guitar during band rehearsal
Scruffy leads the rehearsal
(Photo: Lachlan Mason)
The Casey band
The band on New Year's eve
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)
The crowd joins in with the singing
All together now...
(Photo: Jukka Pirhonen)

Wilkes photo gallery

The following images were taken on a recent trip to Wilkes by the summer tradespersons.

A Hägglunds vehicle parked in front of the Wilkes Hilton
Hägglunds transport to Wilkes
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Wilkes Hilton
Wilkes Hilton
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Inside Wilkes Hilton
Inside Wilkes Hilton
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Wilkes scenery
Wilkes scenery
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Abandoned Station
Abandoned Station
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Abandoned dome
Abandoned dome
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Dome and ocean vista
Dome and ocean vista
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
Crates in the snow at Wilkes
Crates in the snow
(Photo: Rory Gatfield)
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