Norfolk Guardian – welcome back to Auckland

Norfolk Guardian at Antipodes Island

Norfolk Guardian at Antipodes Island

A word of thanks from Stephen Horn-Project Manager

The crew on the Norfolk Guardian arrived back into Auckland on Monday morning  after a long journey home from the Antipodes. They did an outstanding job in trying conditions down at the Antipodes. A big thank you to the ship’s Master Sione Sisifa and his crew. Also hello goes out from three of the DOC team: Finlay Cox, Jamie Doube and Keith Hawkins who all remained onboard after arriving at the Antipodes until the 7th of June when the unloading operations were completed. They were well looked after onboard.

Norfolk Guardian steaming offshore

Norfolk Guardian steaming offshore

There is no harbour at the Antipodes Islands. When the weather was at its worst and it was not possible to anchor safely, the Norfolk Guardian steamed up and down the lee of Antipodes Island for about four days, capturing as best as possible the scant protection the island’s physical presence could offer from the WSW winds. In this manner they completed over 200 laps up and down the northern part of the east coast in a circuit between approximately Leeward Island and the north of Bollons Island about 3 – 4 km offshore. This totalled 999 km of travel in challenging conditions. Twice they recorded wind gusts onboard of 90 kts!

We all look forward to seeing them back down here when the operation is complete!