MSC delivers support to Operation Deep Freeze 2013 – part one

The following blog post is the first in a series highlighting MSC’s 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

MSC-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant is en route to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, marking the start of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of ODF.

Loaded with nearly seven million pounds of supplies such as frozen and dry food stores, building supplies, vehicles, and electronic equipment and parts, Ocean Giant carries 80 percent of the supplies that researchers and support personnel in Antarctica need to survive and work over the course of a year.

Ocean Giant follows the MSC-chartered tanker ship MT Maersk Peary that departed the European area of operations in December, with over six million gallons of diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline; 100 percent of the fuel needed for the year. 

“Operation Deep Freeze is a very critical mission for the people who live and work on Antarctica. Without this resupply mission, all operations in Antarctica would end, and the scientific community would lose the opportunity to conduct research and study not only the continent of Antarctica, but its impact on our global climate.”  – Capt. Sylvester Moore, commander MSC Pacific

Both ships are scheduled to arrive in Antarctica in middle February; during a small window of opportunity in the Antarctic summer months of January through March; where the cargo will be off-loaded by Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One working around-the-clock.

A MSC-chartered cargo ship and tanker make the challenging voyage to Antarctica, which includes passage through a 15-mile ice channel, in places more than 13 feet thick, every year since the station was established in 1955.

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