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

November MFV Edinburgh Voyage

Report from Cynthia Green

Passengers boarded the MFV Edinburgh at midday on Monday 3rd December and sailed for Cape Town about 1.35pm. Passengers are: Islanders Nigel Lavarello and Andre Repetto, Craig Bergh, Ness Smith, Ben Dilley, Peter Ryan, Robert Mrowicki, David Albon and Steven Little.

MFV Edinburgh's departure is the final scheduled one of 2018. The vessel is expected to return to Tristan from Cape Town on 16th January, arriving with the first mail and supplies of 2019 on 23rd January.

Meanwhile, MFV Geo Searcher will remain at the outer island fishing grounds over Christmas and New Year, being scheduled to return to Cape Town from Tristan on 31st January 2019.

Report and photo from Administrator Sean Burns

MFV Edinburgh returned from fishing around the seamounts late on 29th November and will be off Tristan until Monday 3rd December for backloading. Hence the ship's departure has been put back by a few days.

MFV Edinburgh anchored off Tristan on 30th November

Report from Cynthia Green

MFV Edinburgh sailed from Cape Town during the evening of Thursday 1st November and arrived at Tristan at 13.45 GMT on Thursday 8th November. Offloading was completed late the following afternoon, after which the ship went off fishing.

Passengers came ashore soon after arrival and were:

Islander Terry Green; Dr Emma Browne; Contractors Paul Ferreira, Thulani Mofu and Vivini Xambesi; Ness Smith (Environment specialist) and visitors David Albon and Steven Little.

Collette Halter-Pernet's photo shows MFV Edinburgh off Tristan on 18th February 2018

Missed the post?

The final 2018 sailing for Tristan will be MFV Geo Searcher's fishing trip which is scheduled to depart from Cape Town on Saturday 10th November. The ship will carry the crucial Christmas mail and supplies of fresh foods for the festive season which must last until the next cargo arrives aboard MFV Edinburgh, due to arrive on 23rd January 2019. There may be ten ships a year to Tristan, but they are not evenly spread through the year and there is usually a long gap over mid-summer - this year of about 10 weeks. All part of the way of life in the world's most isolated community.

Geo Searcher's 2018-2019 Fishing Voyage

Report from Cynthia Green

Arrival at Tristan

MFV Geo Searcher arrived at Tristan just after 9am on Sunday 18th November and passengers came ashore about 11am. Offloading began the following morning and was completd by noon, after which the ship proceeded to outer-island fishing grounds. 

Shirley Squibb's photos taken on 19th November show -
Top: MFV Geo Searcher anchored off Tristan;
Above left: Barge alongside during off-loading;
Above right: Rope sling with cabbages and onions being lowered onto harbour-side
Below: Barge in Calshot Harbour during off-loading.

Departure from Cape Town

MFV Geo Searcher departed Cape Town during the afternoon of Saturday 10th November as scheduled. Passengers aboard were islanders Danny Swain, Lynette Green, Leah-Faye Green, Simon Glass, Natasha Glass, Chloe Glass, Owen Glass, Marion Collins, Joyce Hagan, Lewis Glass, Emma Swain and Tyler Swain.

As well as carrying the last 2018 mail, including Christmas post, the ship carries the final 2018 supplies, including fresh fruit and vegetables for the Christmas and New Year period.

The next supplies and mail will be aboard MFV Edinburgh, due to arrive on 23rd January 2019. There may be ten ships a year to Tristan, but they are not evenly spread through the year and there is usually a long gap over mid-summer - this year of about 10 weeks. All part of the way of life in the world's most isolated community.

MFV Geo Searcher

MFV Geo-Searcher off Tristan as the ship arrived on its inaugural voyage on 15th April 2017 (Photo: Sean Burns)

Geo Searcher's early-season fishing voyage

Report from Cynthia Green

Return Passage

Passengers went on board the Geo Searcher just after 10.00 GMT on Tuesday 23rd October and the ship sailed for Cape Town at 11.30.

Passengers are: Chief Islander Ian Lavarello, travelling onwards to the UK to attend the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council in London later in the year; Social Worker Andrew Dawson and visitor Steven Taylor.

Outward Voyage

     MV Geo Searcher departed Cape Town at about 9.30 pm local time on Saturday 18th August 2018, with the following passengers aboard: Islanders Joan Repetto, Andy & Lorraine Repetto, Geraldine, Chantelle & Katie Repetto, Adrian & Sammy Swain; Ovenstones' Craig Bergh, Dentist Penny Granger & daughter Elika Granger and visitor Peter (Tony) Crossley.

     The passage was delayed by bad weather and eventually arrived at Tristan on Tuesday 28th August at 7.40am GMT and passengers with their luggage came ashore shortly afterwards, but poor sea conditions prevented any cargo being offloaded.

MFV Geo-Searcher off Tristan as the ship arrived on its inaugural voyage on 15th April 2017 (Photo: Sean Burns)

The Geo Searcher trip starts the start of the 2018/2019 outer-island Tristan Lobster fishing season as the vessel will proceed to Inaccessible, Nightinagle and Gough Islands after off-loading at Tristan.

2018 SA Agulhas II Visit

Report of the annual voyage of the SA Agulhas II, which arrived at Tristan on the 12th September 2018.
22-Oct-2018
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2018 SA Agulhas Voyage

The Agulhas II arriving later than planned in Cape Town
12-Oct-2018
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September - October Edinburgh Voyage

The MVF Edinburgh departed Tristan for Cape Town on 27th September 2018.
2-Oct-2018
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Stamp issue: Wreck of the Mabel Clark, 1878

This set of stamps commemorate the 140th anniversary of the wreck of the US ship Mabel Clark on Tristan da Cunha on 1st May 1878.
20-Aug-2018
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MFV Edinburgh June-July Voyage 2018

The MFV Edinburgh departed for Cape Town on 11th July 2018.
12-Jul-2018
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Tristan da Cunha Shipping Schedules

Schedules and fares for the few ships that regularly travel between Cape Town and Tristan da Cunha.
20-Jun-2018
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