Protector’s special delivery

MISSION HMS Protector's crew has travelled further south than ever before to deliver fuel
MISSION HMS Protector's crew has travelled further south than ever before to deliver fuel
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PORTSMOUTH-BASED icebreaker HMS Protector has ventured further south than ever before during a delivery of vital supplies to a research station.

Protector delivered fuel to Rothera station, which is the largest hub of the British Antarctic Survey’s mission on the frozen continent.

In doing so, the Portsmouth-based icebreaker ventured to her most southerly point yet – nearly 800 miles from Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the Americas. Protector was asked to pump 168 cubic metres of aviation fuel ashore – enough fuel to fill up more than 270 Ford Focuses.

And the work had to be done in temperatures of -15C, with Protector herself rolling heavily.

After meetings two dozen crew members took part in a ‘winter Olympics’ with the survey team – and promptly beat the scientists on their own turf.