MSC delivers support to Operation Deep Freeze 2013 – part four

The following blog post is the fourth 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 departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica Feb. 25, bringing to an end MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to resupply the remote scientific outpost.

“With the departure of M/V Ocean Giant from McMurdo Station, we near the end of another successful ODF season. We have faced our challenges, but it has been a great mission. It’s been great working with the entire ODF team. We’re all looking forward to next season,”Tom Brown, MSC Pacific

 OG Cargo OPS 2

Ocean Giant arrived at the remote Antarctica base Feb.15. Members of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One worked around-the-clock offloading the ship’s containerized 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.

Following the cargo offload, Ocean Giant, was loaded with retrograde cargo for transportation off the continent, including ice core samples carried back to the United States in sub-zero freezer containers, as well as trash and recyclable materials for disposal and equipment no longer required on station. The ship stops briefly in Christchurch, New Zealand, before traveling to Port Hueneme, Calif., where its cargo is scheduled for offload in late March.

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