The Ship's Company of HMS Protector at Rothera, Antarctica
The Ship's Company of Ice Patrol Vessel HMS Protector are pictured in Rothera, Antarctica.
HMS Protector delivered fuel to Rothera station, which is the largest hub of the British Antarctic Survey’s mission on the frozen continent.
In doing so, the Portsmouth-based icebreaker ventured to her most southerly point yet – 67°34’S. That’s nearly 800 miles from Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the Americas.
Protector was asked to deliver aviation fuel – always a potentially-hazardous task, but one made more challenging given the conditions so far south.
The ship had to pump 168 cubic metres of fuel ashore at a rate of 15 cubic metres an hour. That’s 15,000 litres/3,300 gallons every 60 minutes - or enough fuel to fill up more than 270 Ford Focuses.
And the work had to be done in temperatures of -15°C, with Protector herself rolling heavily.
After meetings two dozen crew members took part in a ‘winter Olympics’ with the BAS team – and promptly beat the scientists on their own turf.
The event, whose highlight was the cross-country ski race, was played out against the stunning backdrop of the Adelaide mountains.
HMS Dauntless Berths At Western Naval Command [Ghana]
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:26
HMS Dauntless, a Royal Navy war ship, yesterday berthed at the Western Naval Command at Sekondi in the Western Region for a three-day duty tour.
The ship, which is under the command of Captain William Warrender, has a crew of 210. It was met on arrival by Mr Peter Jones, British High Commissioner in Ghana, who later paid courtesy calls on Commodore Tim Appiah, Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command and Madam Emelia Arthur, Deputy Western Regional Minister.
Speaking during the courtesy call on the Deputy Minister, Mr Jones said the ship, which is on its first visit to the country had already been to the Eastern Naval Command.
He said the visit forms part of the links between the Royal Navy and the Ghana Navy to improve maritime security to ensure free trade and to protect the territorial waters and exclusive zones of Britain and Ghana.
Mr Jones said the crew of the ship and the Ghana Navy would conduct joint training programmes to improve the maritime skills of their personnel.
Madam Arthur spoke of the long standing cordial relations between Ghana and Britain and hoped the visit of the ship would further cement the bond of friendship between the two countries.