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SA Agulhas II en route to Durban ahead of Indian Ocean expedition

This voyage marks 50 years since the first Indian Ocean research expedition.

The SA Agulhas II is on its way to Durban as part of the second international Indian Ocean research expedition. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The SA Agulhas II is on its way to Durban from where it will set sail to join the second international Indian Ocean research expedition.

The vessel left Cape Town on Saturday and is expected to reach Durban on Monday.

Once there, the ship will be deployed to help conduct wide-ranging marine research in the Ocean.

A group of journalists is on board the SA Agulhas II which left Table Bay harbour at around noon on Saturday afternoon.

The vessel will dock in Durban for two days before starting its voyage into the Indian Ocean.

This voyage marks 50 years since the first Indian Ocean research expedition.

Scientists on the trip are expected to collect long-term environmental data that will help countries situated along the Indian Ocean coast to find ways to unlock their ocean economies, as well as to detect and adapt to ocean-related threats to coastal towns and infrastructure