Macca resupply activities

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This week at Macquarie Island: 29 April 2011
This report was submitted before Easter, things are very busy on Macca post-Easter with resupply and changeover upon us!

Macquarie Island had a very successful V6 station resupply from L’Astrolabe, which departed on Sunday (17 April). The cargo transfers with two AAD LARCs (ex-military “Lighter, Amphibious, Re-supply Cargo”) went very well despite windy weather. When the ship left, we bid a fond farewell to one of our wintering number, senior communications technician Adrian, who left two weeks early in order to be home in plenty of time for a family wedding. We are now very busy putting the finishing touches to last minute preparations for the second phase of our resupply activities, the V5 MIPEP resupply, station refuelling, and crew changeover from Aurora Australis, due to arrive here on Good Friday. Both visits also include busy round trip visit programs.

Two LARCs coming ashore at Macca bearing cargo transferred from L’Astrolabe
Two LARCs coming ashore at Macca bearing cargo transferred from L’Astrolabe

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Expeditioners on deck of boat with cargo
Receiving slung cargo on the deck of a LARC from L’Astrolabe

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

LARC loaded with departing round trip expeditioners returning to L’Astrolabe
LARC loaded with departing round trip expeditioners returning to L’Astrolabe

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Expeditioners afloat on amphibious vehicle
LARC crew members Damien and our multi-talented doc Jamie

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Man waving flare from amphibious vehicle
LARC with our departing senior comms tech Adrian

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Group posing for photo
The eight members of our AAD LARC crew

(Photo: Ivor Harris)

Group on viewing platform overlooking station and ocean
Celebrating with TASPARKS builder Peter the completion of the tourist viewing platform...

(Photo: Julie McInnes)

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