MSC concludes support to Operation Deep Freeze 2013

The following blog post is the fifth and final post in a series highlighting MSCs role in Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) 2013. The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base.

“Operation Deep Freeze is a mission of teamwork; teamwork between the personnel and the climate. This season we achieved uncommon results, in a very challenging location.  It was a fantastic effort by all that supported ODF and a true example of our motto, MSC delivers.” – Larry Larsson,  MSC Military Transportation Specialist 

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MSC-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant off loaded over 500 pieces of cargo, including containers filled with retrograde materials such as trash and recyclable materials for disposal, and rolling stock equipment removed from the remote scientific outpost at McMurdo Station Antarctica. In addition to the retrograde materials, invaluable ice-core samples were delivered via Ocean Giant’s sub-zero freezers, to be used by scientists for future studies of the global climate. 

Ocean Giant’s mission began on Jan. 18 as the ship departed Port Hueneme.  On Feb. 15, the ship arrived at the ice-pier at McMurdo Station and containerized cargo off-load operations began. 

Members of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One worked around-the-clock offloading the cargo of nearly 7 million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building materials, vehicles, and electronic equipment and parts; 80 percent of the materials needed for the “winter over” period. Ocean Giant departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica Feb. 25.

In addition to Ocean Giant, another MSC-chartered ship, MV Maersk Perry, delivered 100 percent of the diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline needed for the sustainment of the station through the harsh winter period. Maersk Perry also provided fuel for the National Science Foundation’s chartered scientific research ship R/V Nathanial B. Palmer and the ice-breaker I/B Vladimir Ignatyuk.

Maersk Peary (left), provides fuel to NSF-chartered vessel R/V Nathanial B. Palmer at the ice-pier.

Maersk Peary (left), provides fuel to NSF-chartered vessel R/V Nathanial B. Palmer at the ice-pier.

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