Operations began in late December, with the load out of dry cargo onto Ocean Giant in Port Hueneme, Calif. The ship departed California with 409 pieces of cargo with an additional 45 pieces of cargo expected during a scheduled stop in Christchurch, New Zealand.
|MSC charter ship MV Ocean Giant loads cargo at the Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme pier. MSC charter ship MV Ocean Giant loads cargo at the Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme pier. The cargo will be delivered to the remote Antarctic post at McMurdo Station.|
MSC’s second ship, the tanker ship Maersk Perry will arrive at McMurdo station Feb. 2, following transit from Europe through the Suez Canal. The ship will deliver 4.5 million gallons of diesel fuel and 500,000 gallons of jet fuel; 100 percent of the fuel needed for the year. Cargo operations for Maersk Perry are scheduled to complete by Feb, 6.
Operation Deep Freeze is a joint service, on-going Defense Support to Civilian Authorities activity in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. Mission support consists of active duty, Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard as well as Department of Defense civilians and attached non-DOD civilians. ODF operates from two primary locations situated at Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 2016 marks the 61st anniversary of the establishment of McMurdo station and its resupply mission which began in 1955. An MSC-chartered cargo ship and tanker have made the challenging voyage to Antarctica every year since the station was established.