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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 1991-92: VUWAE 36



Planning this seasons programme was more difficult than usual because of the uncertainty about the completion of the vibrocoring equipment. We were very pleased that DSIR Antarctic and RDRC understood the developmental problems with the vibrocorer and responded positively to allow us to complete the ROV part of the programme when it became clear the vibrocorer programme could not proceed this season.

We had arranged a "final decision" date with DSIR Antarctic in late September and appreciated that this was a very late date to decide on programme changes for logistic planning.

DSIR Antarctic arranged with NSF for K042 to borrow a Nodwell vehicle with Hiab crane from McMurdo station since it was not possible to air lift the equivalent NZARP vehicle this season. Early inquiries had been made by Dr Rob Dunbar to NSF for the use of the vehicle by K042 in a cooperative programme and this probably assisted DSIR's request.

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Our flight date to Antarctica was put back 7 days because of the delay of the ROV cargo arriving in Christchurch from United states (see below for details). This was a sensible delay for the K042 group, however the surveyor (K191) was also delayed because his first main task was the K042 programme. In retrospect the surveyor should have carried out some of his Scott Base programme before K042 arrived.