Helping a tourist ship

This week at Macquarie Island: 20 January 2012

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.

IRB being carried by the tractor
Now we have the IRB onto the JCB
(Photo: Adrian Pyrke)
Walking the IRB through the station
Walking the IRB through the station
(Photo: Adrian Pyrke)
The IRB arriving down at the beach
Comming down to the beach
(Photo: Eve Merfield)
Launching a full IRB required as many people in the water as in the boat!
Launching a full IRB required as many people in the water as…
(Photo: Eve Merfield)