Belgian Antarctic Station: The Ivan Papanin sailed from Cape Town to Antarctica

Cargo operations around and on the Ivan Papanin went ahead without any trouble. All cargo scheduled to be placed onboard sailed with the vessel as it left Cape Town harbour. The ship first anchored in the bay while the crew lashed the cargo down securely. Once the captain was satisfied, the vessel sailed from Table Bay and headed down South.

Five military personnel from the belgian Defense are on board to supervise the transport of the equipments to Breid Bay and across land to the construction site. The International Polar Foundation crew will get to Utsteinen with the BELARE Site Preparation Expedition in January 2007.