I’m Paul. I am an Electrician, and I am here at Mawson Station Antarctica, which for me and 14 other members of our wintering team will call our ‘home’ for the next twelve months.
I have been asked to write a quick update on our progress so far.
We have just been through maybe our busiest time of the year …Resupply …
It was all hands on deck from our arrival on Tuesday 28th February, until the Aurora Australis’s departure on Sunday 4th March.
Food, fuel, and essential spare parts were all brought ashore and all the accumulated waste material, and redundant gear, was returned back to Australia. Well, almost all…
It was a crazy week for all of us , and it was nice to sit back and relax after it was all over and start to take in some of the breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife which was surrounding us.
It was during these relaxing times where conversation flowed freely, and we had the time to apply our collective thoughts on the big issues which affect us all here on station.
Topics of conversation included:
- The state of the roads here at Mawson, and how we should get onto the local council to get someone down to fill in some of the numerous potholes around the place. Their current method of shoveling snow into the cracks seems to be less than effective and a more improved technique should be explored.
- Getting struck by a stray meteorite — meteorites have been found in Antarctica, and what if this was to happen here on station during resupply? Do we need to include this in our “ job hazard analysis” ( JHA )? Will the division-issued hard hats offer us enough protection? We decided to handball this one on to the HR department back in Kingston for further analysis and review.
- And if the world ended suddenly, how would we get back to Australia? A couple of options were put forward. Weld together two half height containers with all the station outboards strapped to the back. Getting through the pack ice on the journey home might be a bit tricky for this option it was thought. Option two was to gather all BOM’s weather balloons, fill them up, lash them together, connect again to a half height container and sit and wait until prevailing winds were suitable for a launch. Both ideas, although innovative, were deemed to require more discussion at a later date.
So there we have it! Our first couple of weeks are over and our year-long watch as custodians of Mawson Station has just begun. I feel very fortunate to be able to work in such spectacular part of our world with my fellow wintering team, and am looking forward to sharing some great times in the year ahead.
That’s all for now,