Carry on board (COB) luggage

A helicopter flies off cargo in a sling from the back deck of the Aurora Australis
Someone packed too much carry on board luggage! (Photo: Nisha Harris)

For carry on board luggage on the ship, expeditioners are limited to:

  • the red survival kit bag containing only AAD-issued survival clothing
  • 30kg of personal effects which includes day packs, camera bags and laptops. It does not include the AAD-issued red survival bag.

No single item of cabin baggage must weigh more than 15kg and must be of a non-bulky and non-hazardous nature. Items must be able to be stowed in the limited cabin drawer and locker space available and with the safety and comfort of others sharing cabins in mind.

Each bag carried on board must be labelled with the item’s weight, owner’s name, voyage number and destination.

Approval for excess cabin luggage may be sought from the AAD Shipping Operations Section. Requests must be made prior to the relevant voyage cargo closing date and are expected to be limited to a conservative volume of shipboard work-related needs.

All the clothing and equipment contained in the issued red survival bag must be stored in the cabin so that they are immediately accessible for wearing to lifeboat drills or in the event of an emergency

The Australian Customs Service requires that sales and tax free purchases using the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) fit within the sizing guidelines presently used by airlines for cabin baggage. All duty free and TRS purchases must be included within personal cabin baggage limits.

Expeditioners travelling to Heard and Macquarie Island must, prior to sailing, prepare their cabin luggage so that it will be at least spray-proof if transferred ashore by small watercraft.

Fly-off voyages

For summering and wintering expeditioners, an additional 15kg of personal effects cargo can be carried on AAD ‘fly off’ voyages, that is, where travel between ship and shore is expected to be by helicopter. Weight restrictions will be enforced.

For wintering expeditioners only, an additional one square metre of personal effects may be shipped on designated resupply voyages.