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Cape Town - Tristan da Cunha Shipping Schedule
Scheduled ships run from from Cape Town to Tristan da Cunha and return. All but one are on vessels provided by the fishing company Ovenstones which each carry only 12 passengers. Presently these vessels are the fishing vessel MV Edinburgh, (which carries out extended fishing trips to the outer islands of Inaccessible, Nightingale and Gough in the fishing season) and the cargo ship MV Baltic Trader.
The final trip is the annual Gough Island relief voyage, provided from 2012 by the South African Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel Agulhas II which calls at Tristan da Cunha on its outward and return voyage and carries over 40 passengers to Tristan.
Ships are booked many months in advance and you are advised to read carefully the 'Passenger Policy' below
regarding priorities which may mean that berths may be cancelled at short notice.
Check carefully the Visits Section to plan your Tristan da Cunha voyage with care!

Find out more about the ships on our separate Ships Page.
Latest Provisional Shipping Schedule Updated 2nd August 2016
All ships carry mail, cargo and passengers. All dates are provisional and to be confirmed.
2016
TBC =to be confirmed
MV Edinburgh
MV Edinburgh
MV Edinburgh
MV
Edinburgh
MV
Edinburgh
SA
Agulhas II
MV Baltic Trader
MV Edinburgh
MV Baltic Trader
ETD
Cape Town
Jan
Mar

May

July
19 Aug
1 Sept
16 Sep
28 Oct
17 Nov
ETA
Tristan
Jan
Apr
May
July
26 Aug
6 Sept
24 Sep
4 Nov
25 Nov
Activity
Fishing
Fishing
Gough Relief
Fishing
ETD
Tristan
Mar
Apr
May
July
11 Oct
1 Oct
3 Oct
9 Dec
4 Dec
ETA
Cape Town
Mar
Apr
May
July
17 Oct

6 Oct

10 Oct
15 Dec
11 Dec

Epic Journey

A journey to Tristan da Cunha is always by ship. The 2810 km or 1750 mile journey from Cape Town harbour will normally take six days.

A landing after the passage depends on the weather, although the Agulhas normally flies passengers ashore immediately except in severe weather conditions. All dates are provisional.

The Fair Cape : Tristan journeys start and end in the beautiful Table Bay Harbour Cape Town, South Africa. Long awaited : The world's most isolated community regards the arrival of every ship as a special occasion.
Cape Town - Tristan da Cunha Passenger Fares (Subject to confirmation)
SA Agulhas (Updated 28th May 2014) Single Return
a. Concession Rate : available to passengers with close family or official links    
Adult : Rand 1200 Rand 2400
Child (6 - 15 years) Children under 6 free Rand 600 Rand 1200
b. Ordinary Rate    
Adult Rand 4475 Rand 8950
Child (6 - 15 years) Children under 6 free Rand 2250 Rand 4500
MFV Edinburgh or MV Baltic Trader Single Return
a. Concession Rate : Resident Islanders only
Adult : Medevac US$ 70 US$ 140
Child : Medevac (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$35 US$70
Adult : Other US$ 87.50 US $ 175
Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$ 43.75 US $ 87.50
b. Official Rate : Expatriate temporary residents, and any non-resident with close family or official links
Adult US $ 250 US $ 500
Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US $ 125 US $ 250
c. Tourist Rate : Passengers with no family or official links with Tristan da Cunha : * Note lower prices than in 2005 *
Adult US $ 500 US $ 1000
Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US $250 US $500

Travel Policy: Passenger Priority
Passenger spaces on vessels are limited and are allocated in the following order of priority

1.

Medevac
(Priority)

The Chief Medical Officer must give the patient, suffering from serious illness/condition, a formal referral letter to see a consultant overseas

2.

Official
(Priority)

The Administrator certifies the need for an official to attend important Island business

3.

Private (urgent business)
– Islander & Non Resident Islander

The Administrator recommends that the person attend urgent private business overseas e.g. weddings

4.

Medevac
(non priority treatment)

The Chief Medical Officer must give the patient suffering from a less serious illness/condition a formal referral letter to see a consultant overseas

5.

Official
(non priority)

The Administrator certifies the need for an official to attend to Island business.

6.

Private (non priority travel)
- Resident Islander

Holiday

7.

Private (non priority travel)
– Non Resident Islander

Holiday

8.

Private (non priority travel)
– Visitor

Holiday/Tourists

If you are in category 4 to 8 above, you may be required to give up your booking and defer your travel to another sailing for those covered by category 1-3.

Notes
1. All applications to visit Tristan da Cunha should be submitted to the Administrator's Office, and require the prior approval of the Island Council. Subsequent Travel Bookings and requests for concessionary fare rates must also be made via the Administrator's Office. See Arranging a Visit Page
2. Passenger tickets for SA Agulhas will be issued by Table Bay Marine, Cape Town
3. Passenger tickets for Edinburgh / Baltic Trader will be issued by Ovenstones, Cape Town or the Factory, Tristan da Cunha
4. Close family links are understood to refer to a passenger plus spouse and dependants who have parents, grandparents, children, sisters, brothers, aunts or uncles resident on Tristan.
5. For further information on the ships themselves check out the Scheduled Ships Page
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