South Africa's new icebreaker the SA Agulhas II began its maiden voyage/shakedown cruise on July 9, 2012. The cruise is a 26 day one to the Antarctic ice shelf. The new icebreaker is replacing the 34-year-old SA Agulhas. The new ship features more features to help with the scientific purposes of the vessel including 8 permanent laboratories and the Moon Pool that helps allow deploying and recovering of sampling devices even when in pack ice.
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