Jenna CAINS (Scotland) has been with us since the 1st of February 2002. Karl-Niklas HULT from Sweden has been with us since the 15th of May. Giovanni MACAGNINO from England joined the team on the 1st of June 2002.

On the 15th of June, we embarked on board "Algoa", a Marine and Coastal Management research vessel. The objectives of this research expedition in Mossel Bay were to retrieve the bottom monitors recording the transmitter equipped sharks' movements in the Bay, to tag more sharks with transmitters, and conduct a few 24+ hour chum sessions, etc...

ATTENTION: This expedition to and around Mossel Bay and on board the research vessel Algoa were exclusive. And although these may happen again in the future, DO NOT expect these to be included during your stay!

The FRS Algoa is 759 grt, has a length of 52,3 m, speed of 13 knots, and a complement of 35, including 12 scientific personnel. A wide range of vertical and towed arrays can be deployed via four scientific winches, an A-frame and hydraulic davit. Six laboratories and a computer room are served by Institute designed and built Data Distribution System and Local Area Network. A stabilised platform and scientific echo sounder system is installed in a sonar compartment. The acoustic systems include a SIMRAD EK500 scientific echo sounder system with 38KHz and 120KHz splitbeam operating frequencies and the SONARDATA EchoView acoustic integration and analysis software. The vessel is well equipped with modern navigation and communications systems including the now standard satellite GMDSS. The vessel is well equipped with modern navigation and communications systems. Although capable of trawling to 1 000 m, the Algoa is used mainly for pelagic, mesopelagic and inshore demersal surveys.

Gross Tonnage: 759.38
Net Tonnage: 227.81
Length Overall: 52.55 m
Breadth: 10.8 m
Draft: 3.75 m
Power: 1472 kW
Cruising speed: 11.0 knots
Maximum speed: 12.5 knots
Minimum speed: 0.5 knots
Range: 6000 nautical miles
Endurance: 15 days
Call sign: ZR 4311
Compliment: Crew 22, Scientists 14
Affiliation: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Marine and Coastal Management