On the 26th October, our winter officially ended with the arrival of L’Astrolabe.
Onboard were :
- Paul, Tasmanian Parks Summer Ranger
- Lauren and Charles, Remediation of petroleum contaminants in the Antarctic and subantarctic project
- Greg, Senior Comms Tech Officer
- Jaimie and Anna, Status and trends of Macquarie Island albatrosses and giant petrels project
- Plus 2 tonne of cargo.
We were extremely fortunate with the weather on the day with winds less than 10 knots, very little swell and we even had the sun appear through the clouds at times. Using our three IRBs we managed to complete all pax and cargo transfers without a delay. L’Astrolabe arrived at approx 5:15pm and departed at 6:35pm. A very smooth and successful operation.
As soon as the new team arrived, they were shown around station whilst the Macquarie Island Quarantine Team (Richard, Dave, Pete, Lauren and Tamar) inspected every bag and box to ensure there were no signs of rodents, insects or seeds. All cargo arriving at Macquarie Island goes through a very stringent checking process back on the mainland. Our job on the island is to close that loop in the process as a final check. Once all bags were checked thoroughly, the new team were able to settle in to their rooms, science project cargo was packed away and expeditioners scrambled for the mailbag to see what goodies had arrived.