Helping a tourist ship
As there is no safe harbour on Macquarie Island, visiting tourist ships must land their passengers using inflatable rubber boats (IRBS). At the station the ships usually anchor on the east side of the Isthmus, as the west side is the weather coast and often has large surf. One day this week the waves on the west side were smaller and passengers were loaded to return to the ship from west beach. However, conditions changed and we needed to transfer operations to the east beach. We assisted by moving the ship IRBs across the Isthmus, using the JCB tractor. Everyone arrived safely back on the ship.