The RMS St Helena departed Cape Town on Friday, 29 December 2017 for Tristan da Cunha with 144 passengers on board.
Following an unexpected 6 night journey, the RMS finally anchored at Edinburgh of the Seven Seas at 06.40 GMT on Thursday 4 January 2018.
The RMS was originally due to arrive at Tristan on Wednesday 3 January 2018. However, due to rain and heavy sea conditions experienced at Tristan, a decision was made to take a detour to Gough Island, which is approximately a day’s voyage South of Tristan.
On Wednesday 3 January 2018, Master of the RMS, Adam Williams reported:
“We will do a circumnavigation of Gough Island, before heading to Tristan. The weather in Tristan is not favourable for passenger operations. However, conditions tomorrow (Thursday, 4 January 2018) are promising.”
It was noticed on the morning of Thursday, 4 January 2018 that there was a continued swell near the RMS anchorage, making passenger operations difficult.
Yet despite the poor sea conditions, a select few passengers managed to land. They included returning Islanders, Rachel Green (who was studying in South Africa) and members of the Green family, HE Governor Lisa Phillips, Mr David Honan and a member of Cefas. Unfortunately the remaining passengers were unable to land.
It was also noted that this will be the first visit for HE Lisa Phillips as Governor, although she had visited Tristan as Governor Designate in 2016.
The RMS St Helena is due to depart Tristan on Friday 5 January 2018, and is scheduled to arrive back to St Helena on Wednesday 10 January 2018.
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