Ships

Close-up of ship's name: Aurora Australis
Australia's research and resupply vessel Aurora Australis (Photo: Nisha Harris)
Aurora Australis

Your voyage

Each voyage has an AAD voyage management support staff consisting of a voyage leader, deputy voyage leader and ship's doctor.

Voyage leaders are are responsible for the safety and welfare of the expeditioners on board, and are critical to the success of scientific and re-supply voyages to Antarctica. They ensure that complex logistical operations proceed safely and on time, and develop contingency plans when conditions change.

Prior to your departure, your voyage leader will be in email contact with you concerning departure dates, cargo closing dates and other voyage related matters.

Environmental concerns

Please note that your personal effects, mail and other cargo destined for the stations may be inspected by Quarantine Tasmania on behalf of the AAD, and rejected for shipment or ordered for fumigation or other treatment to prevent the introduction of soil, animal and plant matter to the Antarctic and subantarctic.

Please do not take any personal supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables onto the ship, or other articles with the potential to introduce non-native species and disease.

When packing to go south, be it at home or at the AAD, please ensure that your equipment, bags, clothes and other personal effects are free from food scraps, soil, insects, seeds and similar. Items that have been in contact with the ground, eg footwear, camera bags, rucksacks and tripods, must be thoroughly washed with a bleach solution.

Pay particular attention to Velcro fastenings, boot linings and clothing seams and pockets that are prone to harbour seeds and other material of quarantine concern.

This page was last modified on 18 August 2010.