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

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.
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2018 SA Agulhas Voyage

Report from Cynthia Green

Return Voyage

39 passengers for the Agulhas started boarding by helicopter just after 1.00pm om Friday 5th October 2018 and the ship sailed for Cape Town at 5.30pm.

The ship was diverted back to Gough Island on Saturday 6th October to assist with some refrigeration problems and left Gough on Monday 8th October at 13.30 GMT. Therefore the vessel will be delayed in returning to Cape Town where she was due to arrive on Wednesday 11th. ETA is expected during the morning of Saturday 13th October.

Outward Voyage

SA Agulhas II departed Cape Town on Friday 7th September 2018 (a day later than scheduled) at 4.30pm C/T time and arrived at Tristan on Wednesday 12th September, when passengers were safely offloaded during the morning.

Dawn Repetto's photos show SA Agulhas II on Wednesday 13th September 2017
as the vessel arrived from Cape Town

There were 41 Tristan-bound passengers aboard SA Agulhas II, including returning Administrator Sean Burns and his wife Marina, 7 other expatriates and their partners travelling to take up posts on the island and 11 returning resident islanders. Others will return on the October Agulhas return trip to Cape Town and include 11 island family visitors and 10 other expatriate workers and visitors. Therefore the island is busy preparing to welcome everybody for what is always a hectic period of about three weeks in early spring.

September - October Edinburgh Voyage

The MVF Edinburgh departed Tristan for Cape Town on 27th September 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.
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MFV Edinburgh June-July Voyage 2018

The MFV Edinburgh departed for Cape Town on 11th July 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.
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May - June MFV Edinburgh Voyage

The MFV Edinburgh departed Tristan for Cape Town on the 13th June 2018.
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MFV Edinburgh's March-May 2018 Voyage

MFV Edinburgh departs Tristan on 28th April for return to Cape Town
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