SA Agulhas goes to Antarctica

The SA Agulhas Leaves Cape Town on its voyage across Antarctica on 7 January 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - The research vessel SA Agulhas has left leave Cape Town for what has been dubbed 'the coldest journey on earth'.

The vessel is transporting an expedition team who will participate in a journey across the Antarctic.

The team will traverse through sleet and snow through the cold continent - a journey which has never been accomplished before.

A total of 120 crew members are on board the vessel including 62 young maritime cadets.

The expedition are hoping to be the first to successfully complete the long journey.

Temperatures are expected to plunge to below minus 90 degrees.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) Tilayi Sobantu said it will take several months.

“The journey entails delivering a team of expedition members who will attempt something that has never been successfully done before.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)