Thursday, 19 April 2012

Plancius and the Ushuaia

Today was pretty busy as shipping goes around here. The Fisheries patrol ship was in the bay, Plancius was alongside the jetty, the Ushuaia was coming in to pick up the passengers, the tug was here to tow Plancius, and the JCR came to do a bit of science work in Cumberland Bay!

20120418-DSC_1143 Pharos SG the patrol ship, Otway the tug, and cruise ship Ushuaia.

I made sure I was up and ready early so that I could take some photos. As ships have come through I’ve managed to photograph most of them, so now I’ve decided to try and photograph them all! It’s best to get them coming into the cove, as the angle is a bit better and you have the ship coming towards you.

20120418-DSC_1146 The Ushuaia coming into King Edward Cove

The conditions were excellent for the first part of the day, luggage and food was transferred off the Plancius onto the Ushuaia, followed by the passengers and the expedition staff.

20120418-DSC_1149Loading gear into zodiacs for the transfer

Before we knew it, they were heading out of the cove, homeward bound. Some of us popped out onto the back decking to give a wave, but apart from a couple of staff members there was no one else on deck to wave goodbye. They were probably inside having a briefing.

20120418-DSC_1198The Ushuaia rounding Hope Point

The cove was then clear for the tug to enter. Busy preparing the line for towing the tug anchored in the cove to await instructions. However conditions were on the turn. The wind was quickly picking up, and soon it was obvious that nothing more would be happening any time soon. The tug isn’t particularly big, and so they have to be sure that the weather conditions are going to be favourable before they leave. And hauling the Ushuaia off the wharf with a gale blowing her onto the wharf would be impossible anyway.

20120418-DSC_1203 Otway the tug

So we now await the next part of the story! Waiting for clear weather, and awaiting the return of the JCR who should be in on Friday to do the final supply of the base before heading back to the UK for the winter, our ‘Last call’, and the start of our winter. Should be interesting with a ship parked in the way, maybe we can keep it as a hotel for the winter!

20120418-DSC_1204 Otway entering the cove, with a hint of a rainbow

1 comment:

  1. I thought the Ushuaia looked small for the southern ocean, so the tug is very small; bet it rolls well in a swell!

    I also see that the Ushuaia is flying a Union Jack as it arrives; I bet it doesn't fly that when going home;-)

    Great pics as usual, & a busy couple of weeks for you guys!