Reports of vessels visiting Tristan da Cunha, and voyages to and from the island.

MFV Edinburgh's September-November 2021 Fishing Voyage

Report from Cynthia Green

Arrival at Tristan

The MFV Edinburgh arrived off the 1961 volcano in the evening of 22nd September 2021, but off-loading is delayed by adverse weather conditions.

The ship carries no passengers this time, but brings the supplies that it was unable to deliver during its unfortunate July voyage, and which resulted is some shortages.

Departure from Cape Town

The MFV Edinburgh departed Cape Town on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th September 2021, on its first fishing voyage of the 2021/22 fishing season.

MFV Edinburgh off the settlement in June 2021
MFV Edinburgh off the settlement in June 2021

2021 SA Agulhas II Voyage

Reports from Cynthia Green and Fiona Kilpatrick

Arrival at Tristan da Cunha

The SA Agulhas II arrived off Tristan da Cunha in the early hours of Tuesday 21st September 2021, but a 6 metre swell prevented passengers from disembarking until the 22nd September, when conditions had improved enough to permit landing by helicopter. The ship then continued on to Gough Island and will return in due course to unload cargo.

SA Agulhas II off Tristan in 22nd September 2021

SA Agulhas II off Tristan in 22nd September 2021. Photo: Fiona Kilpatrick

Passengers are:

Returning Islanders: Shane, Kelly, Savanna & Seren Green, Duncan & Jackie Lavarello, and Neil Swain;

Officials: Dr. Carel Van der Merwe, Alexander Mclean (Dental Technician), Priscilla Brown (Optometrist), Nhlanhla Sibiya (Crane Technician), Andy & Luke Schofield (RSPB)

CTBTO Team: Nicolas Brahy (New CTBTO Station Manager), Vincent Meni & Julia Salas Morillas, and Jonas Nockhammer

Visiting Relatives: Christopher & Rosalie Moncaster

Departure from Cape Town

The SA Agulhas II departed Cape Town for Tristan da Cunha on the evening of Wednesday 15th September 2021 at the start of it's annual voyage to relieve the meteorological team on Gough Island.

SA Agulhas II touches at Tristan, 13th August 2021

Report and photo from Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick

The SA Agulhas II's helicopter picks up medevacs from Tristan

Dr Alex Wonner helps medevacs onto the SA Agulhas II's helicopter. The ship can be seen in the background on the right.

With the baiting stage of the Gough Restoration Programme having been completed at the beginning of August, the SA Agulhas II sailed from Cape Town on the 5th August 2021 to pick up the baiting team and take them back to Cape Town. She arrived at Gough Island on the 11th August and once back-loading had been completed, departed on the 12th August.

She first called at Tristan da Cunha on the 13th August. Operating in steady drenching rain, a helicopter dropped off islanders James Glass, Simon Glass and Matthew Green, who had been observing the baiting operation. They had sailed out to Gough on the yacht SV Urchin in February this year, so it is good to see them back home. The ship also brought parts for the hospital's X-ray machine and some new radio repeaters, which are badly needed.

The helicopter ferried a couple of islanders back to the ship, to be taken to Cape Town for medical treatment. The Agulhas II then continued on its voyage. The outbound passengers are: Iris & Martin Green, and Margaret & Beverly Repetto.

The Agulhas II arrived at Cape Town on the 18th August 2021

Tristan da Cunha Shipping Schedules

Schedules and fares for the few ships that regularly travel between Cape Town and Tristan da Cunha.
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MFV Edinburgh July 2021 voyage curtailed

Ship returns straight to Cape Town after positive Covid tests
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MFV Edinburgh June 2021 Voyage

The Edinburgh departed Tristan on 24th June 2021.
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RV Lance bought for Tristan da Cunha

The Norwegian vessel RV Lance will replace the lost MFV Geo Searcher when it has been refitted in Denmark.
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Tender for the Design and Building of a Cargo Raft

The Government invites tenders for the design and building of a cargo raft for the island of Tristan da Cunha.
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MFV Edinburgh March-May 2021 Voyage

The MFV Edinburgh arrived at Tristan in the late evening of the 31st March 2021.
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