A Hospital for Tristan Da Cunha

3rd November 2016

Tristan da Cunha, an island in the South Atlantic, thousands of miles away from any port with supplies, repair facilities and bunkers. Unpredictable weather, unchartered waters, high swell and shores with no sheltered anchorages. Discharging a full project cargo at anchor off the most remote inhabited island of the world was the ultimate challenge and the voyage of a life time for our MV GLORY.

When this charter was fixed, we knew that preparations would have to be good and that anything that was forgotten, would not be available at the destination. Fresh water, fuel, provisions, spare parts, an additional anchor and much more was supplied to the vessel before she commenced her voyage. A voyage of uncertain duration.  

We also knew, it would need an experienced and flexible crew, that could adjust to the situation and solve problems without any assistance from the outside. An anchor was lost, fuel was running low and many days were spent weathering the southern ocean, but in the end all these obstacles were overcome and the Glory returned from a successful voyage. 

We would like thank the Tristans, our crew, our charterers Ikonship AS, the Crew of MV BALTIC TRADER and their owners Ovenstone Agencies, for their great assistance during the whole duration of the operation. It was a great experience and we hope to come back to Tristan da Cunha with another cargo soon. 

Here are some photos of the adventure.

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In October 2017 MV GLORY loaded components for a pre-fabricated hospital at Malmö and Goole for Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabitant island of the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the main settlement on Tristan da Cunha has a population of 270.

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There is no airport and the harbour is only suitable for small craft.

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The nearest inhabited land is Saint Helena 2429 km away. The regular supply ship from Cape Town needs about a week to reach the Island.

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On the 4th of November Glory dropped anchor off Edinburgh…

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…and started to discharge her cargo…

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…consisting of 3304 cubic meters in 1109 separat units.

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A sunny day in the South Atlantic…

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…but weather conditions around Tristan can change rapidly. 

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The Glory at anchor.

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Discharging a mobile crane, needed for the construction of the hospital.

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Cargo operations were done jointly by crew and islanders.

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Barges are purpose-built for Tristan da Cunha,…

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…they are the only way to get cargo in and out of Calshot Harbour.

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The cargo included not only the pre-fabricated components,…

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…but also all machinery, tools and materials needed for the construction…

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…as well as generators, medical equipment and a medical waste incineration plant.

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For details on the hospital construction, see http://www.tristandc.com/camog...

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Eventually the weather turned bad and cargo operations had to be suspended. 

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MV GLORY sheltering in the lee of the island during a westerly gale.

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GLORY had sailed with full stores and provisions from Europe, but some freshly caught fish was of course very welcome.

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Around Christmas MGO supply was running dangerously low, but luckily we were able to arrange an additional supply of bunkers from MV Baltic Trader, the regular supply vessel of the island. 

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Bunkering at the far end of the world.

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Captain Kurysko receives a present from the Islanders.